Cincinnati Bengals Final 7 Round Mock Draft

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Jan 9, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide tight end O.J. Howard (88) scores a touchdown during the third quarter against the Clemson Tigers in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 9, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide tight end O.J. Howard (88) scores a touchdown during the third quarter against the Clemson Tigers in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports /
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Zane Gonzalez (5).  Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Zane Gonzalez (5).  Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /

Round 4: Pick 138, Zane Gonzalez K Arizona State

No longer will I play it safe and mock Zane to us in the 6th or 7th round. This guy could be the kicker for the next 10 years and the Bengals should use a pick on him. This needs to happen.

Gonzalez shouldn’t be handed the kicking role. He should have to earn it by beating out Randy Bullock and others brought in for competition. That said, Gonzalez would be the clear favorite and I would expect him to kick from game one on.

Round 5: Pick 153, KD Cannon WR Baylor

Cannon is a threat to take it to the house every time he touches the ball. He is a shorter than the Bengals usually like at the WR position, but his explosiveness makes up for his lack of height. At the combine, he ran a 4.41 40 yard dash and had a 37 inch vertical. I wouldn’t mind seeing Cannon run past DB’s and track down some deep balls from Dalton this year.

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The receiving corps needs a little more work. Green is a top 3 receiver, while Boyd and LaFell are set in their roles. After that, you have Cody Core, while promising, is largely an unknown; and you have Alex Erickson–the primary return man. Cannon will challenge Core for that 4th receiver role and take the roster spot of James Wright.

Round 5: Pick 176, Ryan Glasgow DT Michigan

My best case scenario is Andrew Billings winning the starting job and performing up to his pre-draft buzz. Along with that, it would be great to see what we have in Marcus Hardison, who’s been injured every year since coming into the league. If neither of those scenarios occurs, it would be good to double down and grab another DT to develop.

As NFL.com notes in its scouting report, Glasgow could use some lower body strength. I think he fits well as a backup nose tackle to Billings. He’s not the guy you want rushing the passer on 3rd down but could be serviceable for a few plays every game.

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