2014 NFL Draft: Cincinnati Bengals 7-Round Mock, Final Edition

2014 NFL Draft: Cincinnati Bengals 7-Round Mock, Final Edition

2014 NFL Draft, Cincinnati Bengals, Andy Dalton
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After fumbling three postseasons in a row, QB Andy Dalton has perhaps fumbled his jackpot payday -- at least as a franchise QB with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Round 1: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville

Teddy Bridgewater, Cincinnati Bengals, 2014 NFL Draft
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Round 1: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville

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If Teddy Bridgewater is still available when the Bengals pick at No. 24, chances are the Bengals would have the insurance policy they would need to keep from dropping a disproportionate share of future salary caps on QB Andy Dalton.

Round 2: Jeremy Hill, RB LSU

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Round 2: Jeremy Hill, RB LSU

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RB Jeremy Hill would give the Cincinnati Bengals the thunder to the lightning of Giovani Bernard for the foreseeable future.

Round 3: Walt Aikens, CB, Liberty

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Round 3: Walt Aikens, CB, Liberty

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Snubbed by the NFL Scouting Combine, CB Walt Aikens from small-school Liberty should be the highest prospect drafted among those not invited to the combine.

Round 4: Will Clarke, DE, West Virginia

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Round 4: Will Clarke, DE, West Virginia

Will Clarke, Cincinnati Bengals, 2014 NFL Draft
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DE Will Clarke has the size (6-foot-6, 271 pounds) to offer the Cincinnati Bengals the kind of defensive end the team likes to use in its 4-3 base defense: one quick-twitched enough to play off the edge and thick enough to kick inside to tackle for third-down pass rush.

Round 5: Gabe Ikard, C, Oklahoma

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Round 5: Gabe Ikard, C, Oklahoma

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The Cincinnati Bengals released veteran center Kyle Cook and may look to Gabe Ikard of Oklahoma to compete for a starting job in 2014.

Round 6: Max Bullough, MLB, Michigan State

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Round 6: Max Bullough, MLB, Michigan State

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The Cincinnati Bengals will most likely once again slot Rey Maualuga in the middle of their 4-3 base defense, but if Max Bullough is still available in round six of the NFL Draft, he could give Maualuga a run for the money right away.

Round 6 (Compensatory): Garrett Scott, T, Marshall

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Round 6 (Compensatory): Garrett Scott, T, Marshall

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The Cincinnati Bengals may get a comparable sixth-round pick this year to a pick the team had in 2008 in the fourth round when Anthony Collins was selected.Now that Collins has left the Bengals via free agency, Scott would be replacing him a tackle project from scratch.

Round 7: Hakeem Smith, S, Louisville

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Round 7: Hakeem Smith, S, Louisville

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Hakeem Smith would have a good shot at replacing former third-round pick Shawn Williams as a backup safety and special teamer for the Cincinnati Bengals if he lasts long enough for the team to draft him in the seventh round.

Round 7 (Compensatory): Victor Hampton, CB, South Carolina

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Round 7 (Compensatory): Victor Hampton, CB, South Carolina

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Talent-wise, Victor Hampton is a legit third-round prospect as a slot corner who would hit the field right away in nickel and dime defenses. But off-the-the-field concerns will likely knock Hampton off enough draft boards to keep him available this long for the Cincinnati Bengals to take a gamble.


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