Bengals 2013 Mock Draft: Predictions for Day 2 and Beyond
The best part of the surprise? Cincinnati still has nine picks to work with moving forward.
While Eifert solves a ridiculous amount of problems for the Bengals on offense (which we detailed here), there are still plenty of areas on the roster that could use an upgrade.
Positions such as offensive tackle, linebacker, cornerback and more still represent areas the Bengals could look to improve on in the second round and beyond.
With the first round finally in the books, let's take a look at how the Bengals could act the rest of the way with a second-round-and-beyond mock draft.
All pertinent prospect info courtesy of CBS.
Round 2, Pick 37: Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State
The Cincinnati Bengals have already shown a propensity in this draft to take the best player available, no matter the position.
If that trend continues, Kansas State's Arthur Brown would be the best available here.
Brown slipped into the second round despite being one of the best linebackers in the class. He's a versatile playmaker who can line up at all of the positions and does not have many flaws in his game.
The Bengals just brought on James Harrison and brought Rey Maualuga back, but adding a talent like Brown to counter Harrison's age and take over if Maualuga falters makes too much sense.
Linebacker may not be the most pressing need on the team, but neither was tight end. Brown is a rare talent who could excel under the tutelage of defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer and have a starting job with the Bengals for a very long time.
Round 2, Pick 53: Giovani Bernard, RB, North Carolina
The first round of this year's draft was the first time in a long time a running back was not selected. If that trend continues, the Cincinnati Bengals could have a quality back fall into their laps here with their second selection in the round.
Conventional wisdom says Alabama's Eddie Lacy and North Carolina's Giovani Bernard are the two best backs in the class. One or the other, if not both, could fall here.
If Bernard is on the board, he's likely to be the pick for Cincinnati. He simply fits too well into offensive coordinator Jay Gruden's West Coast offense to not be the pick.
Bernard combines quick feet and tough running between the tackles with an outstanding ability to catch the football out of the backfield—a critical element of the Cincinnati offense.
Cincinnati has passed on Bernard twice if this mock holds up. They won't let him slip by a third time.
Round 3, Pick 84: Bacarri Rambo, S, Georgia
The Cincinnati Bengals can not afford to wait much longer after this point to address the safety position, amazing value or not.
Luckily for Cincinnati, Georgia's Bacarri Rambo should still be around at this point and represents the solid value the Bengals seem intent on getting with each pick (that's a good thing).
Rambo is a large, physical safety who can come in and compete for the starting job next to Reggie Nelson deep in the Bengals secondary. He's a big hitter in run support and can get the job done in coverage when asked.
The way the board has fallen so far in the first round, only one quality safety remained. Now into the third round, Rambo's value really picks up.
Head coach Marvin Lewis loves his Georgia players, and honestly, Rambo has the personality and ferocious play to give the Bengals an extra spark in an area of need.
Round 4, Pick 118: Sanders Commings, CB, Georgia
As we mentioned, Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis loves his Georgia players, and here he dips back into that well with cornerback Sanders Commings.
Commings is a large corner at 6'0" and 215 pounds who may have the versatility to move to safety if the situation calls for it. He is as physical as they come and could put up enough of a fight in training camp to make the roster and cost a veteran his job.
The cornerback situation is a bit convoluted in Cincinnati, but a developmental talent such as Commings has what it takes to emerge into a situational contributor in his rookie season.
Dre Kirkpatrick, Leon Hall and Adam Jones figure to be the starters next year, with Terence Newman, Shaun Prater, Brandon Ghee and more vying for playing time behind the big three.
It would be an uphill battle for Commings, but more depth at the position is nothing but a good thing for Cincinnati.
Round 5, Pick 156: Reid Fragel, OT, Ohio State
At some point, the Cincinnati Bengals are going to have to add some form of additional depth and youth along the offensive line.
That point could come here in the fifth round in Reid Fragel, a developmental pick out of Ohio State. Fragel played well enough last season, but is a converted tight end with not much experience along the offensive line.
The Andre Smith situation is still unresolved, so taking a tackle with some upside makes sense. Cincinnati may be able to sneak by with Anthony Collins, a current guard on the roster or a free agent at right tackle next season.
In the meantime, Fragel could learn the intricacies of the position from a man like Andrew Whitworth and be ready to start in a few years' time.
Fragel being thrown into the game in an emergency situation thanks to an injury wouldn't be the end of the world either.
Round 6, Pick 190: Kenny Stills, WR, Oklahoma
The Cincinnati Bengals need more speed on the field, especially in the slot, depending on how things shake out between Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu.
Expect the team to take a shot on a speedster project late in the draft.
Here, that man could be Kenny Stills out of Oklahoma. He's extremely fast as he ran a 4.32 40-yard dash at the scouting combine and has nice size at 6'1".
For a slot receiver, those are not bad numbers no matter how you attempt to slice it. With two outstanding tight ends in Jermaine Gresham and Tyler Eifert, not to mention A.J. Green, the Bengals could use Stills to take the top off of defenses in the right situations.
Stills has the type of big-play potential that could allow him to stick around on the roster for a while before being given his shot. At this point in the draft, he's a great value.
Round 6, Pick 197: Quanterus Smith, DE, Western Kentucky
Quanterus Smith is an outstanding pass-rushing talent out of Western Kentucky in the small conference known as the Sun Belt.
That said, looking to a small conference for a solid pass-rusher could turn out to be a good thing (a certain man known as DeMarcus Ware played in the Sun Belt).
Smith is rehabbing his knee and did not have the chance to really flash for scouts during this whole offseason process, but he's a solid talent and a pure pass-rusher from the defensive end position.
He offers next to nothing against the run, but as a situational player he could shine next to names such as Carlos Dunlap and Geno Atkins.
If Smith gets healthy, he could sneak on to the final roster. Cincinnati absolutely loves to have a seemingly endless amount of depth along the defensive trenches, and Smith would be a nice addition in that regard.
Round 7, Pick 240: Josh Johnson, CB, Purdue
In today's NFL there is absolutely no such things as having too many defensive backs on a roster. Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer knows this all too well after continually having to deal with injuries at the position over the last few seasons.
Purdue's Josh Johnson might not make it this far, but if he does, the Bengals could be a realistic landing spot.
Johnson is one of the more physical safeties in this draft class, and that's exactly what Zimmer and Co. look for to make the defense in Cincinnati click.
At worst, Johnson lands on the practice squad and has some time to develop before being asked to contribute.
At best, he lands on the final roster after impressing in training camp and has the opportunity to make his name known on special teams.
Round 7, Pick 251: Sean Renfree, QB, Duke
Sean Renfree has all of the tools to succeed in the NFL at the quarterback position. He's got good size at 6'3" and 220 pounds, has a strong arm to make every throw and played in a pro-style offense under the man that developed a guy named Eli Manning.
The issues for Renfree are the competition he played at the collegiate level, his underwhelming statistics and a serious injury to his throwing arm that kept him out of all activities leading up to the draft.
In Cincinnati, the Bengals have John Skelton and Josh Johnson behind starter Andy Dalton, but Renfree has all the tools to win the No. 2 job.
Who knows, in a few years he could develop into something special if Dalton does not pan out. That, or he could be a solid backup for years.
That's all you can really ask for this late in the game.
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