Bengals Next Moves
I’m still of the firm stance that the Bengals should trade their first round pick to acquire an extra late second or third round pick. This is one of the deepest drafts the experts have seen in ten to fifteen years, and the talent level gap between pick twenty and pick sixty-five really isn’t that big. So why would the organization try to not get as many picks in that range as possible?
That being said, if the Bengals decide to pick at twenty-four they should go with the best player available, and I’m not so sure that’s going to be a corner or a safety as Calvin Pryor and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix are the top two safeties and both are also top fifteen picks like Gilbert and Dennard.
Also the safeties, like the corners, talent level drops significantly after those two so it would be wise from a value perspective to get the safety in the second round with maybe Jimmie Ward, my second favorite safety behind Pryor, or Deonne Bucannon, the fifth rated safety.
Then the Bengals could use the third round pick on a corner, possibly the deepest position at this years combine. I would say a Keith McGill, Stanley-Jean Baptist, or this Phillip Gaines who wowed everybody with his quickness and good size at the combine.
That still leaves the first round pick since the organization probably will not trade the first pick. Also begging the question who will be the best available at twenty-four. Well lets see, I had Kony Ealy going in my mock draft to the Bengals, but Ealy seems to be soaring up draft boards so Ealy won’t be there at twenty-four. If Ealy is there at twenty-four the Bengals better jump at the opportunity to get Ealy.
I’m going to predict that the best players available when the twenty-fourth pick comes around will be C.J. Mosley or some offensive tackle, probably Zack Martin. Now obviously if the Bengals get Mosley that takes the ILB off the table for later and if the Bengals get Martin or another big o-tackle the Collins free agency situation isn’t as big a situation.
Zack Martin is an intriguing prospect because of his versatility to play tackle and guard at a very high level. Versatility any team can use especially the Bengals, and unless the Bengals get a very good bargain for Anthony Collins in free-agency he’ll be gone. Collins played well when he was filling in this season.
Some team will give Collins the opportunity to start, meaning “starter” money. Starter money is significantly more than Collins is making now. Also meaning if the Bengals do give Collins that “starter” money, more moves have to be made to keep A.J Green and Andy Dalton in 2015.