Cincinnati Bengals 2013 NFL Mock Draft, Week 4: 7 Rounds
Cincinnati Bengals Seven-Round Mock Draft
It was another week with more of the same from the Cincinnati Bengals in free agency as they continue to concentrate on their own players instead of seeking to fill their roster elsewhere. This week, cornerback Terence Newman was re-signed, helping to solidify the secondary, a unit that was one of the league's best. The team also remains in negotiations with tackle Andre Smith, but they are reportedly still far apart, so his return isn't assured at all. Aside from that, the Bengals seem to be content to build the team through the upcoming NFL Draft.
Due to the team's offseason plan, doing a weekly mock draft lacks much variance from one to the other. With a lack of moves, the team needs, and the players predicted to be taken remain pretty much the same, as there's no reason to make changes.
In an effort to keep things interesting, and add a little spice to this week's mock draft, I've went in a different direction. Instead of repeating my own selections, I've taken to social media for some thoughts. Some select followers on Twitter have agreed to assist with this mock, with each of them being assigned a pick, or two in some cases, and those picks are what follows. For each selection, I will list the pick that was made along with the Twitter handle of the person who made it and a summary. In some cases, the explanation is in the words of the person who made the pick, which I will note. I'd like to say thank you to those who participated.
Round One: DJ Fluker, OL, Alabama
Selection made by @DraftInsider: He says, "Losing Andre Smith would leave a huge hole on the offensive line, making Fluker a natural pick". DJ Fluker brings experience in big games against tough opponents and is a great run blocker. He's physical and athletic, and if Smith isn't re-signed, he could fill his spot.
Round Two (A): Jonathan Cyprien, S, FIU
Selection made by @hypokrisies: Jonathan Cyprien continues to be linked to the Bengals by a lot of draft analysts. Safety is still a need, and he has the ability to step in right away and start. His athleticism is amazing to see and fans would love him.
Round Two (B): Khaseem Greene, LB, Rutgers
Selection made by @aARONdVAiL: Khaseem Greene could be a steal as a late second round pick. He's fast and smart, and is equally solid blitzing the quarterback and dropping into coverage. He would almost certainly start immediately at outside linebacker for Cincinnati.
Round Three: Giovani Bernard, RB, North Carolina
Selection made by @SmthingaboutFB: The Bengals are a near-lock to draft a running back next month. Giovani Bernard could be that guy. The chances of him being available in the third round are slim, but RBs aren't as valued as other positions. If he falls, his speed and ability make him an easy pick.
Round Four: Tyrann Mathieu, CB, LSU
Selection made by @Softballguy17: He says, "Tyrunn Mathieu is a highly talented player that could still be there in the 4th round and under Marvin Lewis and Mike Zimmer, along with the leadership in the locker room, could flourish into a top player at his position."
Round Five: Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma
Selection made by @ThreefortheWin: He says, "While Andy Dalton may have made some progressions in his sophomore season, the Bengals don't have a quality backup behind him. Landry Jones was a four-year starter at Oklahoma, and could provide insurance if Dalton is injured."
Round Six (A): Michael Williams, TE, Alabama
Selection made by @wolfkaosaun: Tight end isn't a position that seems like a need right away. Fans have begun to become disenchanged with Jermaine Gresham, though, and Michael Williams brings another option if Gresham isn't re-signed. Williams is a solid blocker and has good size.
Round Six (B): Kerwynn Williams, RB, Utah St
Selection made by @wolfkaosaun: Kerwynn Williams is a diminutive RB who isn't big enough to be an every-down back, but can provide a nice change of pace, and contribute in the return game. His speed could get him a job in 2013.
Round Seven (A): Marcus Davis, WR, Virginia Tech
Selection made by @ThatMurph: He says, "Marcus Davis could be the next Marques Colston and will drop, possibly to the Bengals in the 7th round. He has good size and speed, and the Bengals need to develop a solid number two receiver accross from AJ Green."
Round Seven (B): Walter Stewart, DE, Cincinnati
Selection made by @ThatMurph: He says, "It's not necessarily a need, but it's good to build depth here with a hometown player in defensive end Walter Stewart." Stewart has to overcome serious health questions, but there's no doubting his talent.