Bengals 7-Round Mock Draft: Cincinnati gets a steal in 1st round
The Cincinnati Bengals have had top five picks in the previous two NFL Drafts, holding the No. 1 overall pick in 2020 and picking fifth in the 2021 NFL Draft. If the season ended today, they’d be drafting at No. 17.
That could take them out of getting some top-tier talent but when using Pro Football Network‘s mock draft simulator, they were able to get a steal with the 17th overall pick. Also, in the fourth round, they were offered three picks from Carolina in exchange for the No. 120 overall selection, which Cincinnati jumped at.
Let’s get to this seven-round mock draft and see how the Bengals opted to improve their team.
Round 1: Pick 17 – Kenyon Green, OG (Texas A&M)
Kenyon Green falling to pick 17 would be a downright robbery for the Bengals and if they passed on him, that’d be a huge mistake.
Through his first 23 games with Texas A&M, Green spent a decent amount of time at both guard spots. In 2021, however, the Aggies shifted him over to left tackle, where he’s played well. The versatility Green provides along the o-line is why he’d be a tremendous fit for Cincinnati.
As we all know, the offensive line could use some fine-tuning. It’s been better this season but improvements could certainly be made. The Bengals could lose Quinton Spain and Riley Reiff in free agency and that could lead to them needing a new left guard and right tackle. Green could easily slide in at left guard if Spain isn’t retained this offseason.
After passing on an offensive lineman in last year’s draft, the Bengals shouldn’t hesitate to spend this upcoming draft’s first-rounder on one. If they do, Green is the perfect option for them.