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Week in Review: Full 6-Round Cincinnati Bengals NFL Mock Draft

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115. Cincinnati Bengals – Devin Taylor DE South Carolina

The Bengals pass rush was their biggest strength this year. Michael Johnson and Carlos Dunlap are terrors off the edge, while Wallace Gilberry added in 6.5 sacks and was a really good 3rd pass rusher. However, Johnson, Gilberry and Robert Geathers are all free agents this off season, while Dunlap will be after next season. One would think that the Bengals would like to keep their line together, but with Geno Atkins and Pat Sims also looking at free agency soon, that will be a ton of money to spend. Taylor brings a great combination of size and speed. He doesn’t have outstanding numbers that you would expect from an athlete like him, but he does have a ton of potential. Who better for a player like this to learn from than Michael Johnson?

149. Cincinnati Bengals – Aaron Mellette WR Elon

The Bengals didn’t have much in the way of a #2 WR last year outside of the 4 game stretch Mohamed Sanu had. While Marvin Jones and Sanu look to be the leaders to handle that spot, the Bengals to could take a WR later in the draft and hope they hit it big. With Brandon Tate being a free agent this off season, there is a wide receiver spot opening on this team. Mellette certainly looks the part, standing at 6’4 and weighing in at 212 pounds. As a junior he led all wide receivers in the nation in catches per game and yards per game. Mellette was a basketball player growing up and didn’t start playing football until his Sophomore year of high school. That should give him good body control and the ability to use his body against the defender.

180. Cincinnati Bengals – Omoregie Uzzi OG Georgia Tech

The Bengals guards played well in 2012, but there was still much to be desired. Kevin Zeitler will be a starter in a Bengals uniform for a long time, but whether or not Clint Boling is being viewed as a long term starter is still in the air. Uzzi helped the Yellow Jackets rush for 312.5 yards per game last year. He is a very athletic OG, who gets to the 2nd level quickly. He has a strong initial hit on defenders and has the ability to engage and disengage defenders without losing momentum. However he is only of average size for an OG and isn’t overly powerful. If nothing else could provide very good depth on the line.

187. Cincinnati Bengals – Jordan Rodgers QB Vanderbilt

Bruce Gradkowski is a FA this off season, and isn’t a great backup QB anyways. If something happened to Dalton, I wouldn’t be comfortable having Gradkowski come in and expect him to be able to lead the Bengals to a victory. While not the prospect his brother is, Rodgers has shown some nice talent of his own. Like his brother he has the ability to scramble and pick up yards, showing some nice athleticism. He doesn’t have the arm his brother does, but he does show a nice touch on short and intermediate routes. Like Dalton, his deep ball isn’t very good. He improved his accuracy from 50% as a Junior to 60% as a senior. He threw for 15 touchdowns and 5 interceptions as a senior for the Commodors.

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