For 20 of the 32 NFL teams today is officially the start of the offseason. Some teams will be looking for new coaches; others will be preparing for free agency and the draft.
The Cincinnati Bengals are not one of those teams. They are one of the select 12 that get to play at least one more game when the playoffs kick off on Saturday afternoon. For the Bengals, there is no thinking about the draft. Today, it’s all about the Houston Texans.
But while the Bengals aren’t thinking about the draft doesn’t mean that we can’t. Mock drafts have been popping up for months, but today is the first day they get serious.
In preparing for this mock draft, I have combed over 20 other drafts in an effort to look for a consensus. A vast majority of those mocks include just the first round but in this slideshow, I will attempt to look at all nine picks the Bengals have over seven rounds. Unlike last week where I listed my wish list, this is my best guess on what the Bengals will actually do.
Let’s take a look.