With the college season almost over, it’s time to take a quick look into the draft. Obviously, there is plenty of football left to be played in the NFL, but mock drafts rarely like to wait until the end of the year. Things change of course, remember when the Jacksonville Jaguars were a sure fire winner to get the #1 overall pick?
Well it’s never too early to look at some prospects that would look well with the Cincinnati Bengals scheme and help this team become better. This is my own, personal 7-round NFL mock draft for the Cincinnati Bengals, so let me know what you think about prospects and if you would like the pick or not.
Round 1: Kyle Van Noy, OLB, BYU
One of the most athletic linebackers, Kyle Van Noy would be a great fit with the Cincinnati Bengals. In 2012, he has a tremendous season where he recorded 13 sacks, 22 tackles for a loss, six forced fumbles, and two interceptions. He added to his reputation with four more sacks, 15.5 tackles for losses, and two interceptions his senior year.
While his numbers went down, Van Noy still played extremely well as an overall player. He excelled in coverage and was a versatile threat throughout the season, performing well in rushing the passer, playing zone coverage, run stoppage, and played man well. The Bengals are looking for a strong side middle linebacker for the future, and Van Noy is a huge potential Pro Bowl player for years to come.
His fluidity in his movements and agility make it hard for an offense to figure out what exactly he is going to do on defense. This adds another toy to a deadly defense that may put them as the #1 defense in the NFL for years to come. Van Noy tackles well and shows great form, although sometimes lunges numerous times at players.
Arguably his best asset is his instincts, as he finds a way to get himself to where the ball is, or already be where the ball is going. A non stop motor is something the Bengals coaching staff will adore from him and how physical he is. However, he is not as big as some scouts may like.
Van Noy has potential to pan out in numerous defensive positions and would be a great fit on any team. If the Bengals want a strong side linebacker with excellent coverage skills with great pass rushing ability, this is the man they should take the moment they are on the clock.