The 2012 NFL draft is arguably the most important in Cincinnati Bengals’ history. After an absolutely outstanding draft in 2011 that has ensured the Bengals’ future for years to come, the team must keep the trend of great drafts going to take the final step and surpass Baltimore and Pittsburgh in the AFC North.
The 2012 NFL draft provides an opportunity to do just that. The Bengals are fortunate enough to have an extra first-round pick thanks to Mike Brown wising up and sending the “retired” Carson Palmer to Oakland to rot, and have an extra fifth-rounder by sending “reality star” Chad Ochocinco to New England to warm the bench.
This mock will take all nine picks into account and attempt to accurately predict what Mike Brown and Marvin Lewis will ultimately do come draft day.
For a franchise that hasn’t been relevant in over 20 years, this is the draft that could buck that trend: