Bengals Seven Round Mock Draft
Round 3 Pick 24: Telvin Smith, OLB, Florida State
Nov 30, 2013; Gainesville, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles linebacker Telvin Smith (22) lines up at the line of scrimmage during a game against the Florida Gators at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Florida State won 37-7. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Undersized but not overmatched, Telvin Smith has been a key part to the Seminoles defense. His size, 6’4 215lbs, will leave some teams wondering his role on defense. To me he is an ideal nickel linebacker who can cover, defend the run, and blitz effectively. I think right away he becomes a key contributor on special teams with his athletic ability and fiery demeanor on the field.
Round 4 Pick 23: Bruce Ellington, WR, South Carolina
Nov 16, 2013; Columbia, SC, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks wide receiver Bruce Ellington (23) is brought down by Florida Gators defensive back Brian Poole (24) in the second half at Williams-Brice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports
Andrew Hawkins who? Bruce Ellington would be a nice addition to a receiving core that lacks a true slot/jitterbug now that Hawkins is in Cleveland. Ellington can play both inside and out, running hard when he gets the ball. He also offers added value in the return game as a kick or punt return guy. Much like his teammate last year Ace Sanders, I really like Ellington.