ESPN’s Todd McShay, draft guru, posted his latest mock draft (subscription required) this morning, and some interesting changes occurred from his last mock. Other than the change at the very top with the number one overall pick — now Blake Bortles to the Houston Texans instead of Jadeveon Clowney — McShay has the Bengals drafting corner Kyle Fuller instead of corner Jason Verret:
The Bengals need a cornerback, and Fuller is a guy who turned some heads with his combine performance. The two big question marks on him had been speed and durability, but then he ran a 4.49 40 and, from what I heard, teams didn’t come away with any concerns about his durability. He has good size (6-foot) and long arms and proved to be an explosive athlete based on his test results.
I’ve never been on board with the Verret pick, mainly because of his miniature stature. Durability will be a huge problem throughout Verret’s career in my opinion. Fuller on the other hand is a solid 6’0, 190lbs, and proved the doubters, that claimed Fuller was too slow, wrong with a 4.49 forty. Durability has also been a factor for the Virginia Tech Hokie, Fuller, but McShay says all the chatter from the combine has teams OK with Fuller’s health.
Kony Ealy is available for the Bengals to take in McShay’s mock 3.0, and I am of the mind set that the Bengals cannot pass that guy up at twenty-four. The draft is super deep with corners, not pass-rushers, and Ealy is the third best pass-rusher in this class behind Khalil Mack and Clowney. The Bengals ranked 20th in the pass-rush last season and fourth in coverage. For me the obvious choice is Ealy.