The Bengals top 15 overall players will be where the big board begins. These players are strategically ranked to determine the BPA during their selection. Based on game film, pure talent, interviews, athleticism and the overall need for the position, this top 15 has been determined.
1. Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
At 6'2", 245 pounds, Jones is an absolute force at the linebacker position. He can play both inside and outside and has the strength to take on any larger opponent on the offensive side of the ball. An immediate starter and game changer, Jones would be a great addition to a young linebacker corps.
2. Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
Joeckel (6'6", 306 lbs) is a dominating force at left tackle. He is easily the most complete offensive lineman in the draft. He could easily play either tackle spot which makes it ideal for Cincinnati due to the possibility of losing Andre Smith in free agency.
3. Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
Milliner, who stands at 6'0" and weighs in at 201 pounds, is the former counterpart of current Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick. The Bengals are thin at the position at the moment, and Milliner possesses great size and speed to stick with the best NFL receivers. Players of this caliber are tough to come by at the cornerback position.
4. Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
At 6'7", 306 pounds, Fisher is very similar to Joeckel. He also has the ability to play both guard spots and excels in run support as well as pass protection. With the current question marks along the Bengals offensive line, Fisher is another player that could come in and start from the beginning.
5. Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
An absolute force at defensive tackle, the 6'2", 311-pound Lotulelei can play both of the inside defensive line positions. This would make his combination with Pro-Bowl defensive tackle Geno Atkins an absolute nightmare for offensive lines. The already stacked Bengals defensive line would get an even greater boost with this addition.
6. Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
Floyd is a very athletic 6'3", 297-pound defensive lineman that can either play 3-4 defensive end or 4-3 defensive tackle. He has a very strong frame which allows him to use his strong arms to chop offensive linemen. He can also make himself thin and squeeze though gaps and penetrate into the backfield.
7. Chance Warmack, G, Alabama
Warmack (6'2", 317 lbs), is a shorter yet very thick interior lineman. With the Bengals searching for an answer at left guard, Warmack would be a plug-and-play type lineman—similar to last year's first round selection, right guard Kevin Zeitler. With Warmack, the Bengals offensive guard position would be shored up for a long time.
8. Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
Vaccaro, at 6'0", 214 pounds, would finally shore up the strong safety position once and for all in Cincinnati. The Bengals struggled to find a player to start opposite Reggie Nelson last year. Four different players started and each had fairly poor results. Vaccaro has great agility and can play sideline-to-sideline very well. He would certainly be slated as a starter immediately.
9. Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU
At 6'4", 241 pounds, Mingo is a very lean and strong defensive end. He is explosive off the snap and does not mind contact despite being built in a slighter manner than most defensive ends. He does, however, possess great strength and can wrap up ball carriers in the open field. He would be a great addition to an already explosive defensive line rotation in Cincinnati.
10. Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida St.
Werner stands at 6'3" and weighs 266 pounds and uses his great frame and strength to bully offensive linemen back on their heels. Great against the run and the pass.
Update: Werner will hold stong at the 10 spot even though the Bengals re-signed Robert Geathers to a three-year contract on Tuesday. He could still be a valuable understudy to the veteran.
11. Lane Johnson, LT, Oklahoma
At 6'6", 303 pounds, Johnson is a very capable starter at left tackle at the next level. With current left tackle Andrew Whitworth struggling through injuries, he could be a great fit to replace Whitworth when the time is right.
12. Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU
Ansah is a large defensive end at 6'5", 271 pounds. He has great speed and athleticism along with great vision that allows him to find the ball carrier in the backfield. He struggles with a lack of stamina, but in the Bengals defensive end rotation, he could be an excellent fit.
13. Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
Richardson is 6'2", 294 pounds and has extremely light feet for a player of his size. He is able to twist inside to get the edge on offensive linemen and uses his speed to chase down ball carriers from behind. This is another defensive tackle that would make a monstrous pairing with Atkins.
14. Jonathan Cooper, G, North Carolina
At 6'2", 311 pounds, Cooper is a very athletic guard that is able to pull very well in the running game. He also has a very strong lower frame which allows him to sustain impact from opposing defensive tackles. He is very difficult to get past while blitzing due to his quickness and great vision.
15. Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia
Ogletree is a fearsome linebacker at 6'2", 242 pounds. He plays with vicious tenacity and does not shy away from contact. He can play both outside and inside linebacker and would make a great pairing with Vontaze Burfict. His stock dipped slightly after a DUI, but it should not knock him out of the first round.