2018 NFL Draft: Fixing the Cincinnati Bengals

Thanks to some poor drafting in 2014 and 2015, the Cincinnati Bengals are in desperate need of fixing. Using the site Fanspeak, I have simulated the 2018 NFL Draft, drafting for only the Bengals. I will be using my personal board, which is available to use at Fanspeak.

FIRST ROUND, PICK #21

After acquiring Cordy Glenn from Buffalo, Cincinnati potentially eliminated their biggest team need at left tackle. With this pick, they could go any number of directions. Interior offensive line is probably their top need. They could also go with a nose tackle to play next Geno Atkins. Tyler Eifert was re-signed to a one-year, incentive-laden contract, so tight end could also be in play. If a right tackle falls, I wouldn’t be surprised if that was the play. If the right linebacker fell, I think they would jump at the opportunity.

TARGETS

IOL: Isaiah Wynn, Georgia (G); Will Hernandez, UTEP (G); James Daniels, Iowa (C)

LB: Roquan Smith, Georgia; Tremaine Edmunds, Virginia Tech

DL: Vita Vea, Washington

TE: Dallas Goedert, South Dakota State; Mike Gesicki, Penn State

OT: Mike McGlinchey, Notre Dame; Connor Williams, Texas

The Pick: Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia

I honestly couldn’t believe he fell. Smith was the #8 player on my board. I doubt he falls this far on draft night, but if he does, the Cincinnati Bengals should pounce.

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SECOND ROUND, PICK #46

 

Having addressed the linebacker position in round one, the interior offensive line (particularly the center position), still needs to be addressed. I could also see a right tackle or tight end. If the right quarterback fell to their spot, I could even see that being an option.

 

TARGETS

IOL: James Daniels, Iowa (C); Billy Price, Ohio State (C); Frank Ragnow, Arkansas (C); Braden Smith, Auburn (G)

OT: Chukwuma Okorafor, Western Michigan; Tyrell Crosby, Oregon; Jamarco Jones, Ohio State

TE: Hayden Hurst, South Carolina; Mark Andrews, Oklahoma

QB: Lamar Jackson, Louisville; Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State

 

The Pick: James Daniels, C, Iowa

If Daniels was the pick at 21, I wouldn’t be shocked or upset. Daniels is a superb athlete at center and an immediate upgrade at the position.

 

THIRD ROUND, PICK #77

 

With the first two picks, the Cincinnati Bengals have upgraded the overall athleticism for the team. They could still look to add a right tackle, a guard, or maybe a tight end. Quarterback could still be in play, as well as, wide receiver.

 

TARGETS

OT: Martinas Rankin, Mississippi State

TE: Jordan Akins, UCF; Troy Fumagalli, Wisconsin

IOL: Billy Price, Ohio State (G/C)

WR: Equanimeous St. Brown, Notre Dame; Daesean Hamilton, Penn State; Christian Kirk, Texas A&M

QB: Kyle Lauletta, Richmond; Luke Falk, Washington State

EDGE: Josh Sweat, Florida State

The pick: Equanimeous St. Brown, WR, Notre Dame

The Bengals need to get better production from their #2 WR. They hope that a healthy John Ross can take the top off of the defense this season. St. Brown is 6’4” with 4.48 speed. He could be the player they had with Mohamed Sanu.

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THIRD ROUND, PICK #100

The Cincinnati Bengals get this pick as compensation for losing Kevin Zeitler in free agency a year ago. The same needs (except wide receiver) would be in play. I also think adding another edge rusher would be beneficial.

TARGETS

OT: Martinas Rankin, Mississippi State

TE: Jordan Akins, UCF; Troy Fumagalli, Wisconsin

IOL: Billy Price, Ohio State (G/C)

EDGE: Davin Bellamy, Georgia; Ade Aruna, Tulane

The pick: Davin Bellamy, EDGE, Georgia

The hit a home run with Carl Lawson a year ago, but they could use another rusher for their sub packages. Bellamy could provide a spark 12-15 snaps a game before taking a bigger role in the future.

 

FOURTH ROUND, PICK #112

At this point in the draft, unless you get lucky, you aren’t really on the hunt for starters. You are looking for players that fit a role, provide depth, and probably can help on special teams. You can also look for some 1-2 year developmental-type players that aren’t necessarily ready to go day one. I think you can get players like that at offensive tackle, quarterback, defensive back, and even tight end.

TARGETS

QB: Mike White, Western Kentucky; Chase Litton, Marshall

OT: KC McDermott, Miami-FL; Brandon Parker, North Carolina A&T; Greg Senat, Wagner; Timon Parris, Stony Brook

TE: Troy Fumagalli, Wisconsin; Chris Herndon, Miami-FL

IOL: Wyatt Teller, Virginia Tech (G)

CB: Quenton Meeks, Stanford; Levi Wallace, Alabama; MJ Stewart, North Carolina

DS: Kameron Kelly, San Diego State; Armani Watts, Texas A&M

 

The pick: Quenton Meeks, CB, Stanford

Meeks provides depth at corner and an immediate boost to special teams of the Cincinnati Bengals. It wouldn’t surprise me if they added the big-bodied project tackle in Brandon Parker, however.

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FIFTH ROUND, PICK #151

The same rules apply here. You are looking for developmental players or depth pieces.

 

TARGETS

QB: Chase Litton, Marshall; Kurt Benkert, Virginia

TE: Tyler Conklin, Central Michigan; Ian Thomas, Indiana; Ryan Izzo, Florida State

OT: Greg Senat, Wagner; Timon Parris, Stony Brook; Geron Christian, Louisville; Desmond Harrison, West Georgia

IOL: Brian Allen, Michigan State (G)

DL: BJ Hill, NC State; Justin Jones, NC State

LB: Dorian O’Daniel, Clemson; Tegray Scales, Indiana

DB: Tre Flowers, Oklahoma State (CB/S); Joshua Kalu, Nebraska (CB/S)

 

The pick: Chase Litton, QB, Marshall

With the departure of AJ McCarron to Buffalo, that leaves only Jeff Driskel behind QB Andy Dalton. Litton is a big bodied QB that needs a whole lot of polish. Litton could be the #3 (inactive) quarterback on game day and learn. With Litton, it’s almost like having a lottery ticket. It likely won’t pay off, but if it does, JACKPOT!

 

FIFTH ROUND, PICK #158

 

TARGETS

TE: Tyler Conklin, Central Michigan; Ian Thomas, Indiana; Ryan Izzo, Florida State

OT: Greg Senat, Wagner; Timon Parris, Stony Brook; Geron Christian, Louisville; Desmond Harrison, West Georgia

IOL: Brian Allen, Michigan State (G)

DB: Tre Flowers, Oklahoma State (CB/S); Joshua Kalu, Nebraska (CB/S); Terrell Edmunds, Virginia Tech (S)

RB: Bo Scarbrough, Alabama

 

The pick: Geron Christian, OT, Louisville

Christian will get a chance to develop while backing up both tackle spots.

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FIFTH ROUND, PICK #170

TARGETS

TE: Ryan Izzo, Florida State

IOL: Brian Allen, Michigan State (G)

DB: Tre Flowers, Oklahoma State (CB/S); Joshua Kalu, Nebraska (CB/S); Terrell Edmunds, Virginia Tech (S)

 

The pick: Terrell Edmunds, S, Virginia Tech

Edmunds provides depth at safety and on special teams. He gives you tremendous athletic upside.

 

SEVENTH ROUND, PICKS #249, #252, & #253

Now you are drafting players that are long shots to make the 53-man roster. More than likely you are looking at practice squad guys. Maybe you get a hit, but it is a longshot.

TARGETS

WR: Marques Valdez-Scantling, USF; Dylan Cantrell, Texas Tech; Quadree Henderson, Pittsburgh

TE: David Wells, San Diego State; Ethan Wolf, Tennessee

IOL: Austin Golson, Auburn (G/C)

DL: Taylor Stallworth, South Carolina

CB: Jamarcus King, South Carolina; Tolando Cleveland, Mississippi State

Pick 249: Austin Golson, G, Auburn

Pick 252: David Wells, TE, San Diego State

Pick 253: Quadree Henderson, WR, Pittsburgh

Golson could potentially backup all three interior offensive line positions. Wells is a great blocking TE with unrefined receiving skills. He would battle CJ Uzomah for the third TE spot. Henderson is an outstanding return man with gadget offensive skills.

This draft would go a long way to raising the athletic profile of the Cincinnati Bengals 53-man roster. I would have liked to have drafted a guard earlier and maybe a nose tackle, but the board didn’t fall that way.

What do you think about this draft? Let us know in the comments!

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