Cincinnati Bengals Mock Draft: 7-Round Predictions, Final Edition

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Cincinnati Bengals Mock Draft: 7-Round Predictions, Final Edition
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The 2012 NFL draft is finally here. For Cincinnati Bengals fans it marks months of anticipation culminating in what may be the most important draft for the franchise in a decade or more.

The Bengals have a well-documented variety of needs heading into the draft. Chief among these needs is a starting guard and running back, along with secondary and defensive line depth.

The front office has a big board set and ready to go. With two first-round picks, the team is set to find two quality starters in the first round. They also have the luxury of taking the best player available if they so choose.

It’ll be hard to repeat the magic of last year’s draft when the team found franchise players with their first two picks in quarterback Andy Dalton and wide receiver A.J. Green. Should the team manage to replicate that success this year, they’ll likely be headed for a playoff berth again.

Predicting exactly what Cincinnati will do in the draft is impossible. In fact, this has been one of the hardest years to predict in recent memory. There isn’t a clear-cut candidate for any pick the Bengals hold, but positions of need are known.

With that in mind, here is the final edition of my seven-round predictions for the Cincinnati Bengals:

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