Round 7: Pick 222 – Brittain Brown, RB (UCLA)
I didn’t draft three guys from UCLA on purpose, but that’s how the draft ended up playing out. When the Bengals were on the clock, three Bruins stood above the rest and that’s the case here with Brittain Brown.
Joe Mixon is the starting running back for Cincy and there’s no debating that. The Bengals aren’t losing any of their current running backs to free agency but it’s never a bad idea to add another running back in the later rounds of the draft, especially with Samaje Perine and Chris Evans not doing as much as fans hoped this year (though Evans’ absence was due to injury).
Brown had a nice season at UCLA in 2021, rushing the ball 102 times for 616 yards and seven touchdowns. He wasn’t used too much as a pass-catcher, finishing with 18 catches for 129 yards. Running back might not be a major priority but adding one in the later rounds makes sense for this team.
Round 7: Pick 243 – Tiawan Mullen, CB (Indiana)
With their final pick in this mock draft, Cincinnati adds Tiawan Mullen, a cornerback out of Indiana. In the seventh round, teams are just hoping to find anyone who can make some sort of positive impact. They went best available here and it didn’t hurt that cornerback is a common position to pile up on in the draft.
Per Indiana’s athletics website, Mullen was named to PFF Team of the Week early in the 2021 season after defending three passes and notching two tackles against Western Kentucky. He finished the season with 19 tackles and those three defended passes through five games.
This mock draft saw the Bengals hit the offensive side of the ball hard in the early rounds, mostly fixating on their offensive line. Petit-Frere gives them a starting right tackle for the next four or five years while Rhyan is another potential tackle-to-guard prospect.
How would you feel if the Bengals had a draft similar to this one?