XPetey Posted March 16, 2008 Report Share Posted March 16, 2008 Round 1: Sedrick Ellis, DT, USCRound 2: Jerod Mayo, ILB, TennesseeRound 3: Matt Forte, RB, Tulane Round 3C: Dexter Jackson, WR, Appalachian StateRound 4: DeMario Pressley, DT, NC StateRound 5: Eric Young, OG, TennesseeRound 6: Larry Grant, OLB, Ohio StateRound 6C: Orlando Scandrick, CB, Boise StateRound 7C: Bryan Mattison, DE, IowaRound 7C: Marcus Monk, WR, ArkansasAlright all, this mock assumes that the Bengals receive 4 compensatory picks.I think all the bases are more than covered here, but I also feel like it's a very "Marvin Lewis" draft. Early on the team addresses it's biggest need in Ellis. He'll come in and be the anchor of our defense. In the second I really think there are too many potentially great LBs for Fitzgerald and Zimmer not to have their way with choosing one to mold into a big thumper for us. Mayo projects inside or to the weakside, so he's got flexibility.In the 3rd round the team takes two offensive players who could be potential playmakers down the line. Some might think it's too early for Jackson, but the guy's the complete package and I think we'll see him come off the board earlier than most people think. Forte has the potential to be an every down back in a couple of years, and he provides a between the tackles runner should Rudi go down again.DeMarrio Pressley has a good pedigree. He played with John McCargo, Manny Lawson, and most notably Mario Williams. NC State knows D-linemen, and Pressley is a great mid round pick up to be a rotational DT.Larry Grant is my least favorite pick in this draft (And I'm a Buckeye...so that's saying someothing). I'm not sure that with Blackstock and Johnson already coming in in FA, as well as the return of Dhani Jones, that Grant needs to come in. The Bengals have a wealth of LBs (and with Mayo they can go 2 deep at every position), so I'm not surewhere grant fits in.Scandrick is the potential steal of the draft. With his speed he'll come right in and play special teams, but he's got the potential to play nickel for the Bengals in the long run. He can make an impact right away just like Ethan Kilmer did, but he's more of a football player than Kilmer.The 7th round always seems to be where the Bengals take their projects. Mattison is a DE/DT hybrid that could provide some depth in the coming years. He'll never be a star, but he's the type of guy you like because if he comes in the drop off in talent is not going to kill you.Monk, to me, seems like a steal if he's there in the 7th. He's big and is a terror in the redzone. If Chris Henry can't keep himself straight the Bengals will need someone who Carson can throw a jump ball to. I struggled with this last pick, but in the end I decided to go WR because I had addressed every other need, but the team is somewhat thin in depth at receiver.Thoughts? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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