7-Round Cincinnati Bengals NFL Mock Draft

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September 1, 2012; Gainesville FL, USA; Florida Gators defensive back Loucheiz Purifoy (15) during the first quarter against the Bowling Green Falcons at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Round 3: Loucheiz Purifoy, Florida, CB

Once a sure-fire 1st round, early 2nd round talent has taken a fall throughout the season. In 2012, he played tremendously well in coverage and stayed with his man step for step. In 2013, there were certainly high expectations for him. Purifoy had numerous huge splash plays where he would get turnovers, block kicks, and get safties; however he started to struggle in coverage.

Extremely fluid with his hips and movements, he was not very physical with receivers; basically allowing them to continue on their routes with little to no trouble. The benefit of Purifoy is that not only does he play corner, but he is a monster on special teams as well. He has come up with numerous clutch plays, which include forced fumbles and blocked kicks and punts. Playing inside and outside corner, Purifoy is used to playing anywhere on the field, including safety.

Purifoy has immense talent and great potential, but will definitely have to improve his game play to raise his draft stock. The NFL combine is going to be huge for this guy, as not only will it give teams a better chance to see his skill-set; but also allow them to ask him questions about some off the field concerns. The Bengals will need a new cornerback, and Purifoy fits the Bengals scheme very well.

With great turnover ability, he gives the Bengals a ball-hawk they desperately need. With his speed, he does not get beat deep, and under Mike Zimmer this guy could end up being a star.

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  • [email protected]

    I would rather see them pick up another D lineman than a OLB, We have a solid LB core. I want to see them go for Aaron Donald from Pitt. A solid guy up front who could replace a Michael Johnson or help if Geno continues to see problems with injuries going forward.

  • Sean Snuff McMahon

    I’m a huge fan on Aaron Donald and think he would be a great player. Heck, he reminds me a lot of Geno Atkins in some ways. I would have taken him in the 2nd round, but believe he will be taken before then. I think the NFL Combine will certainly raise his stock depending on how he does. If he’s there in the 2nd, I’d take him in a heartbeat. Only thing is I don’t see him replacing MJ if he leaves, as he’s too small to be a DE. Could be someone to learn under Peko and put in with pass situations.

  • [email protected]

    I will go on the record to say this, I think by the end of the combine, he could go as high as a low first round pick which is where the Bengals might be picking if they get past San Diego on Sunday. I think he might be worth a closer look for that position. I know both of us have had a great look at him as we are both in Western PA.

  • Sean Snuff McMahon

    Agreed. Donald has a ton of potential and would love him in Cincinnati. Thompson showed signs early in the season, but fell off as the year went on. Sadly, we know where the Bengals fall in the draft, but now it’s time to look at players to take them over the top!

    • [email protected]

      I can’t wait for a Healthy Geno, Newman, and Hall. That will be a major upgrade to start 2014!!! Looking forward to this years draft!!!

      • Sean Snuff McMahon

        Agreed. Kirkpatrick got a lot better with the more snaps he received. This defense has everything you want. Pass rushers, shut down corners, run stopping linebackers, hard-hitting safeties, everything. Can’t wait to see free agency and the draft,