Cincinnati Bengal 2013 NFL Mock Draft, Week 3: 7 Rounds
Cincinnati Bengals Seven-Round Mock Draft
It was another slow week in NFL free agency news for the Cincinnati Bengals, as they continued with their plan of eschewing high-priced players on the market in favor of re-signing their own. Bringing back a free agent tackle was something every fan has been waiting to hear. Unfortunately for them, it was Dennis Roland and not Andre Smith, who is still in the negotiating process. Wide receiver and kick returner Brandon Tate also returned to Cincinnati, a move that drew the ire of most fans of the franchise, who are eager to see an upgrade. One other move that could affect their draft was the signing of quarterback Josh Johnson, who brings a change of pace to the QB spot.
Little has changed, as far as team needs go, from last week's mock draft to this one. The Bengals still have the same needs, and should still be looking at the same players as they were before. They continue to seem set on drafting a running back, and continue to look at QBs even after signing Johnson. With Smith still unsigned, depth on the offensive line might also receive a look. Safety and linebacker could use addressing too, though head coach Marvin Lewis continues to reiterate that he's happy with the guys he has at those spots.
One definite difference in this week's mock draft is the addition of two seventh-round compensatory picks awarded to the Bengals. Though they are late picks, which aren't often stars, they could provide valuable depth and maybe a hidden gem or two. Overall, the changes to this week's picks are minor, but could prove important.
Round One: Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State
Once again, Arthur Brown is the first selection by the Bengals. Brown's speed and ability to find the football will automatically make the linebacker unit better, and he'll likely find himself in the rotation right away. He's a play-maker, and no defense can have too many of those.
Round Two (A): Robert Woods, WR, USC
Robert Woods has consistently been mocked in this spot, and even though Tate is back in the fold, it doesn't change. The WR position is deep in this draft, and a first round talent like he could fall into the early second round. If the Bengals stick with a "best player available" philosophy, Woods could be the guy.
Round Two (B): Eric Reid, safety, LSU
A play-making safety could give the Cincinnati secondary a whole new level of danger for opposing QBs. Eric Reid struggled at times in coverage, but his speed and especially his ability to bring big hits make him a solid addition to the team. He probably starts right away.
Round Three: Joseph Randle, RB, Oklahoma State
Joseph Randle is another player who has been a mainstay of this mock draft. Speedy, with good receiving skills, he is a great compliment to BenJarvus Green-Ellis. Randle brings a big play ability that the team has lacked at RB for quite some time.
Round Four: Tyrann Mathieu, CB, LSU
Last week, the Bengals picked up Tyrann Mathieu with a fifth round pick, but this week take him a round earlier. The Bengals met with the cornerback and return man this week and he could make an impact, especially returning punts. He also brings an ability to force turnovers to the slot CB position.
Round Five: Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma
The past few years have not been kind to the draft stock of Landry Jones. Once considered a potential first rounder, his play has relegated him to later round project. He does have a big arm and a few years of learning could make him an effective back-up QB and eventually, maybe a starter. He could be a sleeper.
Round Six (A): Rick Wagner, OT, Wisconsin
With the right tackle position still unsettled due to Smith remaining unsigned, adding another player isn't a bad idea. Rick Wagner comes from a program known for producing quality linemen and though Wagner didn't have a great final season in college, he has plenty of upside.
Round Six (B): Michael Mauti, LB, Penn State
Michael Mauti is a linebacker who, if not for injury, could have been picked much earlier. He will be a risk due to the unknown regarding his recover, but he's a natural leader who plays hard. He's worth taking a chance on at this spot.
Round Seven (A): Joseph Fauria, TE, UCLA
The Bengals are currently set at tight end, but Jermaine Gresham has struggled with his hands, and his contract is set to expire. If he isn't retained, Joseph Fauria could have a shot at replacing him. He's not a good blocker, but is a fantastic receiver.
Round Seven (B): Dan Giordano, DE, Cincinnati
Cincinnati has had a few players from the hometown school in recent years, and Dan Giordano could be added to the list. The defensive end would be trying to break in at a tough spot for the Bengals, but could stick around and contribute.
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