Cincinnati Bengals Mock Draft: The Latest on Michael Floyd, Dre Kirkpatrick

Matt Gray@mattkgrayContributor IApril 22, 2012

With less than a week until the 2012 NFL Draft, Marvin Lewis and the Cincinnati Bengals front office should, by now, have a strong idea of who makes their final big board.

However, as Alfonzo Dennard has proven, there is still plenty of time for draft stock to change. And, in true draft tradition, "unnamed sources" are taking aim at some of the draft's top prospects with the hope of swaying decisions. 

As of yet, there is no consensus on who the Bengals will take at No. 17 and No. 21, and we won't have any clearer an idea until the Jets are on the clock at No. 16.

Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer has released his latest mock draft and envisions some surprises on draft day, with the Bengals benefiting greatly:

13. Arizona Cardinals: David DeCastro, OG (Stanford)

14. Dallas Cowboys: Mark Barron, SS (Alabama)

15. Philadelphia Eagles: Fletcher Cox, DT (Mississippi State)

16. New York Jets: Courtney Upshaw, LB (Alabama)

17. Cincinnati Bengals (via Oakland Raiders): Michael Floyd, WR (Notre Dame)

18. San Diego Chargers: Nick Perry, DE (USC)

19. Chicago Bears: Dontari Poe, DT (Memphis)

20. Tennessee Titans: Whitney Mercilus, DE (Illinois)

21. Cincinnati Bengals: Dre Kirkpatrick, CB (Alabama)

22. Cleveland Browns: Kendall Wright, WR (Baylor)

23. Detroit Lions: Cordy Glenn, OT/G (Georgia)

ESPN's Tom Pelissero has reported that the Vikings are having serious talks about whether to sign former Bengals WR Jerome Simpson. While Simpson was not expected back, Lewis had mentioned the possibility of retaining the troubled wideout. 

The Bengals are in need of a No. 2 receiver, and despite Lewis' assertion that they are comfortable with what they have, many are expecting them to spend a fairly high draft pick on finding a partner for A.J. Green.

Reedy's suggestion that Michael Floyd could fall to No. 17 might be a little far-fetched, but with a number of names climbing up the draft this week, the first round is shaping up to be more unpredictable than any in recent memory. Floyd would be an immediate starter in Cincinnati and has even been touted as having more potential than likely Top Five pick Justin Blackmon.

Floyd would be more than a steal for Cincinnati at No. 17, and you have to think that, if he falls that far, he will be a Bengal.

It's also worth noting that Stephon Gilmore, who has been talked about by many (including myself), is a real possibility for the Bengals. Gilmore is shooting up draft boards and is now seen as being the No. 2 cornerback available. As a result, the Bengals are now more likely to get a run at Dre Kirkpatrick, who could prove to be as good as, if not better than, Gilmore.  

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