Cincinnati Bengals 2017 Mock Draft: Instant Win Mode

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Apr 30, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; A general view of the stage before the 2015 NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 30, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; A general view of the stage before the 2015 NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jan 2, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Wisconsin Badgers defensive end Chikwe Obasih (34) and Western Michigan Broncos wide receiver Corey Davis (84) in action in the 2017 Cotton Bowl game at AT&T Stadium. The Badgers defeat the Broncos 24-16. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
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Day 1 of the Draft

Round One: Pick 9

The first round pick this year needs to produce immediately. The fan base is growing tired of early picks not seeing the field until years 2, 3 or later. The player who has the best chance to make an immediate impact comes from the Mid-Atlantic Conference.

Corey Davis, WR Western Michigan

Corey Davis is listed at 6’3″, 213 pounds. Davis is a top 2 Wr, battling with Clemson’s Mike Williams for that number 1 spot. In college, Davis was a 4-year producer and a touchdown machine. Tyler Boyd played well last year, but only one touchdown sticks out like a sore thumb. Davis immediately steps in as the number two receiver, replacing LaFell’s 862 yards and 6 TD’s all the while keeping Tyler Boyd in the slot, where he played well his rookie year.

I was surprised myself to write Davis’ name and not that of a defensive player. But with the 7th ranked scoring defense (that essentially gets two highly touted rookies this year in William Jackson III and Andrew Billings) I’m going to give Ken Zampese another weapon in the likely case Eifert can’t put together a full season. If Zampese wants to be the next branch to grow from the Marvin Lewis coaching tree, he needs to do better than the middle of the pack.

This pick can put the Bengals offense over the top. Imagine a full 16 plus game season where Dalton has the weapons of Green, Eifert, Davis and Boyd. Throw in a bounce-back season for the rushing game and we’re looking very formidable on offense.

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