Cincinnati Bengals 2013 NFL Mock Draft, Week 2: 7 Rounds
Cincinnati Bengals Seven-Round Mock Draft
The 2013 NFL free agency period has begun, though many fans might think the Cincinnati Bengals aren't yet aware of it. After assuring defensive end Michael Johnson would return by using the team's franchise tag on him, and re-signing their key special teams players, the team has been quiet. On the opposite end of things, they have lost some members of last year's squad. Dan Skuta, Pat Sims and Bruce Gradkowski have all found new teams, while Thomas Howard and Terence Newman have had suitors as well.
There is some good news. There is talk that the team feels close to reaching new agreements with Andre Smith and others, possibly including Adam Jones, who was an important part of the secondary last season. There are also plenty of good players left in free agency, and the Bengals will likely continue to look at some of them. Ted Ginn, JR seemed to make a good impression on head coach Marvin Lewis and may get another look as a receiver and return man. Other visits should happen this week.
In this week's draft prediction, with Smith looking good to return, and the loss of Skuta, linebacker has become a position that needs addressed earlier that the previous edition. Backup quarterback is also a position that must be filled also. The Bengals will continue to search for guys with speed and who can make plays on both sides of the ball. Most of the positions from last week's mock draft are still needs, but the order they are selected in have changed a little.
Round One: Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State
Arthur Brown might not even be around by the time the Bengals pick in the first round, but if he is, he should be the pick, as he's a top talent, and at a position of huge need as well. He's not big, but he is instinctive and has a nose for the football. His ability to make plays make him a great pick for any team, and especially for the Bengals.
Round Two (A): Robert Woods, WR, USC
Robert Woods was the selection last week and remains the pick now. The Bengals are high on the receivers currently on the staff, so it remains to be seen if they will target another WR, but they should consider it. Woods has good size and speed, and has tremendous hands. He could certainly upgrade the WR position as a whole and be a great #2 across from AJ Green.
Round Two (B): Eric Reid, safety, LSU
The Bengals take a safety a little bit later this time around, but still get a tremendous athlete who could make some big plays in the secondary. A big hitter with range, Eric Reid could garner playing time immediately. He struggled somewhat in coverage, but has good speed and can quickly make his way to the ball.
Round Three: Joseph Randle, RB, Oklahoma State
Once again, the Bengals take Joseph Randle at this point in the draft. A running back who has the explosiveness missing from the Cincinnati backfield last season, he brings a new element to a team needing a homerun hitter. He's also a solid receiver who can make plays in space. He would also get playing time right away.
Round Four: Matt Scott, QB, Arizona
With the QB spot now vacant, bringing in a young QB, especially one with a unique skill set could make sense. Matt Scott brings athleticism with him to Cincinnati and allows the Bengals to expand the playbook. Teams around the league are adding wrinkles to the offense with duel-threat QBs and Scott could be that guy for Cincinnati.
Round Five: Tyrann Mathieu
Tyrann Mathieu is a polarizing player in this draft. He has a knack for forcing turnovers with an amazing set of hands, and is a very good return man. On the negative side, he's small and has a sordid off-field history that will certainly scare teams. He might be worth a risk here as a special teamer and slot CB.
Round Six (A): Rick Wagner, OT, Wisconsin
The Bengals hit the jackpot last year with guard Kevin Zeitler out of Wisconsin. Rick Wagner hopes to follow in those footsteps. He didn't have his best year in 2012, but does have talent and could be coached back into top form. Depth on the offensive line is always good to have, and he could grow into a future starter.
Round Six (B): Michael Mauti, LB, Penn State
The Bengals, as mentioned, are thin at LB and it's not known who will be starting at any of the three LB spots. Adding another for depth is a good idea, and Michael Mauti is worth taking a shot on late in the draft. Coming off of a serious injury, he's a risk, but he has great instincts and is a leader. If healthy, he'll be a steal.