Who will the Bengals take with the No. 9 pick? Here’s a mock solution that shouldn’t come as a surprise to Cincinnati fans.
Mock draft season is virtually over. The draft is almost here and it’s safe to say none of us knows which way the Bengals are going to go at number 9. I’ve seen picks ranging from Mike Williams, Derek Barnett, Reuben foster and even Garrett Bolles as potential draftees (a few others as well) in the first round.
Most “expert” mock drafts I see give their opinion on the pick with a short description explaining their reasoning for the pick. Almost every description says their picking based on need. Whether that be a defensive end, running back, linebacker, etc. I just don’t think the Bengals see it that way.
My problem with this is that In recent years the Bengals have used a BPA (best player available) system for making their picks. And I think they keep it that way. So, with that being said, let’s mock.
1.) Cleveland Browns- Myles Garrett (DE)
2.) San Francisco 49ers- Jamal Adams (SS)
3.) Chicago Bears- Johnathon Allen (DL)
4.) Jacksonville Jaguars Leonard Fournette (RB)
5.) Tennessee Titans- Marshon Lattimore (CB)
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6.) New York Jets – Deshaun Watson (QB)
7.) Los Angeles Chargers – Malik Hooker (FS)
8.) Carolina Panthers – Solomon Thomas (DL)
9.) Cincinnati Bengals – Corey Davis (WR)
10.) Buffalo Bills – John Ross (WR)
11.) New Orleans Saints – Reuben Foster (LB)
12.) Cleveland Browns – O.J. Howard (TE)
13.) Arizona Cardinals – Deshone Kizer (QB)
14.) Philadelphia Eagles – Christian McCaffery (RB)
15.) Indianapolis Colts – Derek Barnett (DE)
16.) Baltimore Ravens – Mike Williams (WR)
17.) Washington Redskins – Haason Reddick (LB)
18.) Tennessee Titans – Evan Engram (TE)
19.) Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Dalvin Cook (RB)
20.) Denver Broncos – Garrett Bolles (OT)
21.) Detroit Lions – Marlon Humphrey CB)
22.) Miami Dolphins – Taco Charlton (DE)
23.) New York Giants – David Njoku (TE)
24.) Oakland Raiders – Jarrad Davis (LB)
25.) Houston Texans – Mitchell Trubisky (QB)
26.) Seattle Seahawks – Kevin King (CB)
27.) Kansas City Chiefs – Joe Mixon (RB)
28.) Dallas Cowboys – Charles Harris (DE)
29.) Green Bay Packers – Alvin Kamara (RB)
30.) Pittsburgh Steelers – Takk McKinley (OLB)
31.) Atlanta Falcons – Forrest Lamp (G)
32.) New Orleans Saints – Chidobe Awuzie (CB)
Analysis For The Selection
The Bengals pick here makes sense to me for numerous reasons. I believe when they make their draft board, Corey Davis will be their number 1 receiver. He checks all boxes when it comes to the position.
Speed, physicality, route running and yards after catch are all great additions to the receiving corps. I also believe he will be ranked ahead of players like Derek Barnett, O.J. Howard and Reuben Foster. In other words, Davis is quite possibly the best available player for the Bengals. Tell me what you think in the comments.