Cincinnati Bengals Post Free Agency 7 Round Mock

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Mar 4, 2017; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide tight end O.J. Howard goes through workout drills during the 2017 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 4, 2017; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide tight end O.J. Howard goes through workout drills during the 2017 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports /
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Cincinnati Bengals Post Free Agency 7 Round Mock
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Round 4: Pick 116, Josh Reynolds WR Texas A&M

Another pick I’m falling in love with. Reynolds is a big, long receiver, who can stretch the field and grab a jump ball.

Brandon LaFell was brought back, plus Tyler Boyd and Cody Core will have another year under their belt. It may not be the year to draft a receiver in the first or second round. Here they get a guy who could mold into a starter while giving them another target.

*Round 4: Pick 138, Carlos Watkins DL Clemson

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Here the team can pick up a solid contributor. The Bengals love taking linemen in round 4 (See: Domata Peko, Geno Atkins, Clint Boling, Russell Bodine, Andrew Billings etc.) Doubling down on the defensive line isn’t a bad idea this year.

Watkins finished the championship season with 10.5 sacks and 12.5 tackles for loss. Watkins could become what the Bengals hoped they were getting when they took Marcus Hardison.

Round 5: Pick 153, Julie’n Davenport OT Bucknell

Round five can provide solid rookie players. Recent years have given the NFL players like Trent Cole, Kam Chancellor, Grady Jarrett and Richard Sherman.

Davenport has the size. He had the longest arm span at the combine. But heralding from a smaller school, he could use some seasoning. Expect a draft and develop type lineman around this part of the draft.

*Round 5: Pick 176, Damontae Kazee DB San Diego State

Kazee met with the Bengals already. Even thought he played against lesser competition, Kazee is a complete ball hawk. He had 7 interceptions this past year as a senior. That eye for the ball is something that should help teams get over his small stature.

There is no need for an early investment in the defensive backfield. But expect at least one, probably more come draft day. It wouldn’t be a Bengals draft without a couple of DB picks.

*Side note: this year teams can trade compensatory picks, so the Bengals may package a few of these later picks to move up in rounds two and three.

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