Could we take a WR in the 1st again?
The Draft is less than 24 hours away! The top six picks are nearly locks barring any trades. After that there are around 230 more picks up in the air.
Smoke screens and rumors have been flying wild, the player scrutiny have come to its peak and now general managers and coaches are forced with the final decision to determine the next five years of their teams future.
What will the Cincinnati Bengals do? Lets find our what they SHOULD do.
David DeCastro, G, Stanford
As much as I would like to have a few players (Michael Floyd, Luke Keuchly or Stephon Gilmore) tumble down to 17 for us, I just don't see it happening now. Instead the Bengals fill another glaring hole with one of the best G prospects in years.
DeCastro is a big strong player who will help anchor the line, protect Dalton, and open up running lanes for years to come.
With extra picks from Chicago in the Brandon Marshall trade and wanting to get Tannehill a weapon the Dolphins trade the 42nd, 72nd and 103rd overall selections to the Bengals in exchange for the 21st overall pick.
I think this helps the Bengals in a few ways. Stock piling picks and building strong depth for a team that seems to get bit by the injury bug yearly.
For those of you keeping score at home the trade value of the proposed trade equals, 800 for 21 and 798 for the Dolphins three choices.
Harrison Smith, SS, Notre Dame
With the second round pick acquired from the Dolphins Marvin Lewis' defensive mindedness pushes through.
In a recent press conference Lewis admitted that the team has "neglected the defense" early in recent drafts. That being said look for the Bengals to go with defensive players in the early rounds.
Harrison Smith is the second best Safety in this years weak draft class. The Bengals have failed to address the need in the past years and I see them snagging the potential first rounder early in the second.
LaVonte David, OLB, Nebraska
David played ILB at 215-220 at Nebraska in the Big 10 and was one of the best defensive players in the nation.
Now at 235, he projects to be a sideline to sideline defender at OLB. One of the most terrifying things about David is his athletic ability. At 6'3" and 235 he could play safety.
He is great in coverage, has prototypical instincts, and is a above average defending the run. Pairing him with the speed of Geno Atkins and Carlos Dunlap, and that is formidable young core.
Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama via Florida
Draft experts will tell you that he has first round talent that rivals Morris Claiborne, GMs will tell you his problems and red flags make him a nervous pick though. All this will lead to Jenkins slipping down boards.
The Bengals have been done very well with players that have slipped down the boards.
With the 2012 cornerback position for the Bengals looking strong Jenkins will be able to sit and learn. Contribute on special teams and provide fantastic depth if Leon Hall is placed on the PUP list and wouldn't be able to return until Week 6.
Jenkins' cover skills are exceptional and his fluid hips give him a major edge in shutting down fast receivers. One of Jenkins best attributes is the way he plays the ball once it's in the air. He has a natural ability to locate the ball and shielding bigger more physical wide outs.
Brain Quick, WR, Appalachian State
The more and more I think about this pick and the way the draft could shake up I don't think Quick will be here. With a build like Calvin Johnson, Quick can dominate smaller corners and has some of the best hands in the draft.
Quick has excellent body control, a wide catching-radius and ability to make highlight reel catches. He is still a little raw when it comes to his routes, but his athletic ability and knack for catching the ball will provide a crucial asset for the Bengals.
Ronnie Hillman, RB, San Diego State
Jay Gruden has eluded to a committee of backs this season and has mentioned despite the signing of Green-Ellis and having Bernard Scott and Brian Leonard still on the roster adding another in the draft if a possibility. Using a later round pick to groom a solid back is a great plan because you can still find solid talent later on in the draft at the RB spot
There is only one word to describe Hillman: production.
In only two seasons for the Aztecs, the slender, but speedy back (5'9" 200 lbs, 4.45 40) rushed for over 3,200 yards and found paydirt 17 times. To save you some math, he rushed for 130+ yards per game his final season at SDSU.
He may be a bit of a project, but he could turn into a fantastic pick that we can thank Miami for in the years to come.
James-Michael Johnson, ILB, Nevada
Let's stick with the defensive theme. JMJ will provide much needed depth at ILB. Dan Skuta is a good special teams player, but when called upon to start when Maualuga was injured he looked out of his element.
Johnson doesn't shy away from contact and has been known to be a hard hitter. His good burst and high motor allows him to be able to play on all downs. To be honest, if Rey doesn't show the potential this year like he should have demonstrated by now I wouldn't be surprised if he gets the Keith Rivers treatment.
Johnson could step into that role and be a very good starting MLB.
BJ Coleman, QB, Chattanooga via Tennesse
Beyond Bruce Gradkowski, the talent pool at the QB position is pretty dry. Getting Coleman would be a solid pick up for the Bengals. Coleman started his career at Tennessee and moved on to Chattanooga where he was very productive.
Coleman could develop into a starting QB. Most likely not in Cincinnati, but look at what Atlanta got for Matt Schuab. The Bengals could pull off something like that in two or three years hopefully.
Tim Fugger, DE, Vanderbilt
Fugger, an OLB/DE out of Vandy is a quick player who shows rare flashes of speed and power as an edge rusher. With the loss of Frostee Rucker, Fugger can again provide solid depth.
Loni Fangupo, DT, BYU via USC
Much like the Fugger pick, Fangupo will provide great depth after losing a role player in the offseason.
At 6'1" 325 lbs, Fangupo's size, power and low center of gravity should allow him to develop into an effective space eater that can occupy multiple blockers.
He has an excellent 10-yard split (1.67) for his size and shows good first-step quickness on film, but is a straight-line athlete with average lateral agility.
Adrien Robinson, TE, Cincinnati
There aren't many times when you look at a sixth rounder and see much more than a PS guy. If you look at previous Bengal drafts, most sixth rounders were released after the preseason or after their rookie season.
In this case I could see Adrien Robinson competing for the No. 2 tight end job.
Robinson possesses prototypical height, above average bulk with a thick lower half as well as very good top-end speed. He has initial burst and top-end speed to stretch the middle of the field and factor in down the deep seams.
All in all Robinson is an above average TE prospect who could provide a Patriot-like one-two punch with Gresham.