The Super Bowl put a close on the 2013 season and started the clock on the 2014 draft. With the NFL Combine coming up in a couple of weeks teams will be continuing to manipulate their draft boards. While many scouts and teams have 90% of their work done by the combine, it lets us common folk catch up and build our shopping list for the draft.
For the Bengals this year, free agency will not play a big part in the draft process except at the tackle/guard position where Anthony Collins will be looking to get paid for starting services.
Like last year, with Tyler Eifert, I think we will see the highest rated player on the Bengals board taken at 24. Like always there is a chance to move back and if a guy like QB Derek Carr is somehow still there moving back to the early second and possibly gaining a high pick next year wouldn’t be a bad idea.
Still, the best strategy for the Bengals is to sit back and let the best possible player fall to them. Last year, no one though Eifert would fall all the way to the Bengals as some had him projected to go in the top 10.
There will probably be another player fall to the Bengals that no one sees coming, and here is my early look at NFL draft prospects that could surprisingly fall to Cincinnati.