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We’ve made it to draft week after what feels like forever since this whole process started. Let’s run through one more seven-round mock Cincinnati Bengals before we finally get to the actual draft, using The Draft Network’s simulator.
Those Bengals enter the draft with notable needs at one offensive line position, as well as defensive spots like cornerback, defensive tackle and in terms of pressure-creators.
A final seven-round mock will try to marry those needs with value and with prospects that fit the profile the Bengals like to take. The goal is to provide a good idea of what might unfold this week during the three-day affair.
No. 31 - Tyler Linderbaum, center, Iowa
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There’s been a lot of discussion on Linderbaum during this draft season and where he’ll fall in the draft. Could 31 be his sweet spot with the Bengals? It’s the case here in this mock and the Bengals get their much-needed offensive line depth. He’d slot in as the starter with Ted Karras moving to left guard.
No. 63 - Cam Taylor-Britt, CB, Nebraska
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Taylor-Britt is such an intriguing cornerback prospect and can help immediately on the outside. Very athletic and can work in a number of roles and styles. Big help to the secondary.
No. 95 - Jeremy Ruckert, TE, Ohio State
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Picking three Big Ten players in a row certainly wasn’t intentional, but the way the board has been falling, it just happened to fall that way. Ruckert is a darn good tight end that we seem to be forgetting about in this class but who could end up having one of the biggest impacts on his respective team.
No. 136 - DeAngelo Malone, Edge, Western Kentucky
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A player the Bengals have met with during this draft season and an exciting one at that. The reigning Conference USA Player of the Year just gets after opponents off the edge and can be a situational pass-rusher to start, working in a rotation behind Trey Hendrickson and Sam Hubbard.
No. 174 - Tycen Anderson, Safety, Toledo
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The Bengals are likely going to take a shot on a safety at some point in the draft as a bit of insurance for Jessie Bates and Anderson can help be a developmental third safety that can tackle well and contribute early on special teams.
No. 209 - Mario Goodrich, CB, Clemson
Syndication: The Greenville News
A First Team All-ACC in 2021, Goodrich has potential at the next level. He just needs some time as he only started for one year at Clemson but does have 14 career pass breakups and four interceptions. With Cam Taylor-Britt already in the mix in this group, double-dipping here allows Goodrich to have the time to develop but can start out as a solid CB4.
No. 226 - Obinna Eze, OT, TCU
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Nothing fancy about Eze but as a seventh-round developmental tackle, he’s a fine flyer. There’d be no rush to play him early and he’s likely best suited in a backup role anyway, but that works for now for Eze with the Bengals.
No. 252 - Jeffrey Gunter, Edge, Coastal Carolina
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Extra pass rush is never a bad thing and getting that at pick 252 is a wonderful feeling. Hunter had an excellent week in Vegas for the Shrine Bowl and would help build a very good pass-rush combination after the Bengals already added Malone to the mix in this class too. A lot of young power and athleticism coming off the edge here.