Day 3 of the Draft
Round Four: Picks 113, 142,143
The fourth round is where teams can win the draft. Here you can find key depth pieces and the diamond in the rough type players. Here’s who I see the Bengals picking up this year.
Joe Mixon, RB Oklahoma
The question here: How far does Mixon fall? Mixon’s past can’t be overlooked. But, in instant win mode, if Mixon is there the Bengals need to pounce.
Mike Mayock‘s 5th rated RB this year, Mixon has incredible patience, acceleration, and breakaway speed. A pure playmaker, he averaged 6.8 ypc this past year, rushing for 10 touchdowns. Throw in his 538 receiving yards and 5 receiving touchdowns and you’re looking at a complete back. Oh, and if that’s not enough, he also took a kick return 97 yards to the house last year.
Mixon would immediately compete for the starting job. Jeremy Hill continues to show that he is primarily a red zone back, and Giovanni Bernard will need to watch his workload again, coming off a torn ACL. Mixon’s upside is tremendous-provided he can stay out of trouble. But whichever way you look at it, getting a day one talent on day three is a steal.
Taylor Moton, OT Western Michigan
How about grabbing a bookend from Davis’ collegiate team? At 6’5″, 328, Moton has the size to play tackle, a spot that could use the depth if Eric Winston is not re-signed. Moton turned heads with his play during the Senior Bowl.
This could be an insurance pick for the team. You have to think, no hope, that Ogbuehi and Fisher are going to develop and take a starting position. Moton immediately fills the swing tackle role and develops into the future right tackle.
Channing Stribling, CB Michigan
It wouldn’t be a Bengals draft if they didn’t select a corner. Even with the additions of Keivarae Russell and Bene Benwikere in the past year, don’t put it past the team to pick up another young body. Only once since 2008 have the Bengals not drafted a rookie corner.
Stribling has the size and pedigree to be a good mid-round pickup. He played in a good Michigan secondary obviously headlined by top prospect Jabril Peppers. But even as QB’s targeted Stribling’s man to avoid the other corners, he held his own with a 28.9% completion percentage per pro football focus. That and his 6’2″ frame gives plenty of reason to draft and develop him here.
Round Five: Pick 154