Round 6: Pick 193 Jeremy Clark, CB Michigan
- Bench press: 20 reps
This pick is a draft and develop type. Clark tore his ACL early this past season so he will still need time to get his feet back under him. If given the time to recover and refine his technique, standing 6’3″ tall, he has the size to be a force in a strong secondary.
With the recent additions in the secondary, the Bengals have plenty of depth and potential. So this could be the first in which they don’t take a true corner in years.
Round 6: Pick 217* Zane Gonzalez, K Arizona State
I will continue to mock this pick until it happens. Since Mike Nugent left, the team has shown some interest in a kicking competition. To show the fans that they’re seriously trying to upgrade the position, we need to spend a draft pick on the spot.
It helps that there isn’t a hyped up Roberto Aguayo who will push kickers into higher rounds, but you can never be sure which team will start the run on special teams.
Round 7: Pick 227 Jon Heck, OT North Carolina
There is a slim chance the 10th pick sticks with the team into the season except on practice squad duties. There simply isn’t enough space on the roster!
Heck is a big tackle, listed at 6’6″, 300 pounds. He didn’t receive a combine offer, but if there’s one thing you can’t teach, it’s size.
Round 7: Pick 251* Sefo Liufau, QB Colorado
AJ McCarron needs to be swapped for what we can get. He obviously wants to start and didn’t expect to be back after cleaning out his locker.
Liufau will come in to compete with Jeff Driskel as the backup. The team clearly liked Driskel enough to keep him on the 53 man roster and not risk losing him to waivers. This pick will allow the coaches to see two young guys battle for the backup spot.
Plus, check this out: Sefo’s uncle, Jack Thompson, was drafted by the Bengals in 1979.
This draft gets impact players on both sides of the ball. On top of that, this mock provides the team time dump some of the underwhelming vets if they find they need the cap space.
The fans are tired of being teased by the Bengals. The team needs to step up and perform better in order to reach the playoffs (also, they need a little help in the form of the injury bug staying away). The fans and coaches alike are expecting big things in 2017. Let’s hope the draft plays out in the favor of Cincy.