The combine is over, the draft order is set. It’s mock season, Cincy. Now, who should the Bengals choose from their grab bag?
Here’s a look at the latest Bengals mock draft. This seven round wish list contains some heavy hitters that could make an impact in stripes. All 2017 NFL Combine results via NFL.com.
(*) next to pick is a compensatory draft pick
Round 1: Pick 9 OJ Howard, TE Alabama
- 40-yard dash: 4.51 seconds
- Bench press: 22 reps
- 3-cone drill: 6.85 seconds
Howard rocked the NFL combine. I mean he really put on a show. He showed his strength, agility and explosiveness all day long, and went from being a first round guy to being top 10 worthy IMO.
Eifert is injury prone, and we need another offensive weapon. Instead of going for Corey Davis or Mike Williams at WR, the Bengals can take the top talent available. Howard instantly upgrades the offense and provides us with a blocking presence at TE that none of our current guys do.
This pick allows Eifert to be used more sparingly in hopes of keeping him healthy. It also gives the team two athletic, pass-catching tight ends to control the middle of the field on offense.
Round 2: Pick 41 Malik McDowell, DL Michigan State
- 40-yard dash: 4.85 seconds
- Bench press: 23 reps
- 20-yard shuttle: 4.53 seconds
This class of incoming rookies is so deep on defense, an impact player will surely be available at pick 41. If there is a run on first round QB’s and RB’s, that would be an excellent thing for the Bengals. I am beginning to think that’s the only way McDowell falls to us in round two.
McDowell has the talent and film to go in the first round. But there is only enough room for so many defensive lineman in the first round. If he slides down to the top of round two it will be a great thing for the Bengals.
Round 3: Pick 73 Ethan Pocic, C LSU
- Bench Press: 26 reps
I was tempted to go LB here, but after PJ Dawson and Nick Vigil, I’m tired of 3rd round backers. Plus it sounds like the team is high enough on Vigil to not spend an early pick on the position.
Pocic immediately comes in and competes with Bodine for the starting center position. He also has the versatility to kick out from the center if needed. That versatility is welcomed and encouraged on the Bengals squad.