The Cincinnati Bengals will draft 24th in the 2016 NFL Draft, but who will they pick and what should their draft board look like?
Mock Drafts, draft profiles, and rumors have ruled the past month. It all comes down to tonight when the Bengals go on the clock sometime right before midnight EST.
The speculation of the Bengals taking a wide receiver in the first round is still the talk of the organization. However the Bengals draft board should be more diverse than just wide receivers, especially with the Bengals in the later part of the evening.
Who is on that board, well only the Bengals coaches and draft team know but here is who we think:
Josh Doctson, WR, TCU
Josh Doctson was the top receiver at Texas Christian University and has already had a chance to gain a chemistry with current Bengals QB and former Horned Frog, Andy Dalton. Doctson can go up pull the ball down, and he was a touchdown machine. Doctson could make a very dangerous duo with current Bengals wide receiver, A.J. Green.
Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama
Jarran Reed had one sack, 56 tackles, eight quarterback hurries, and 56 tackles in 2015. In 2014, he had six and a half tackles for a loss on 55 total tackles and five pass deflections. He has a potential to get into the backfield and disrupt both pass and run plays. Run defense is something the Bengals must work on, especially with LeVeon Bell back in the mix for the Steelers.
Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor
Corey Coleman is another talented wide receiver in this draft with 20 touchdowns in 2015, along with 1,360 yards. Coleman has solid hands and speed but his 5-foot-11 size is a little bit of a concern in the NFL facing similar sized and even taller corners and safeties. The Bengals could use him if he is there at 24 and Doctson is not.
William Jackson III, CB, Houston
The Bengals did not retain the services of Reggie Nelson and Leon Hall, which leaves their secondary a little exposed. This is a contract season for Dre Kirkpatrick and they could potentially save Adam Jones by moving him to safety. William Jackson III’s solid coverage skills and good closing speed could potentially be a great pick, if the three prior players are off the board.
Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss
Another player that could be a solid pick up if the top three aren’t there is Robert Nkemdiche from Ole Miss. His skill to wrap players up and finish tackles is something the Bengals need in their run defense. His risk is high as many draft analyst have said he is the most likely player to bust, but if his talent works out for the right team, he could be a valuable asset against any offense.