Cincinnati Bengals 7-Round Mock Draft

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Cincinnati is entering the Zac Taylor era. Taylor's initial draft class could go a long way to raising the franchise out of the depths of mediocre that they’ve been stuck in for a number of years under Marvin Lewis.

While scanning their roster, it’s not as though there are that many glaring holes that desperately need filling. However, there are upgrades to be had at a few spots. Armed with 11 picks, the Bengals have some flexibility to maneuver selections here and there, and will be hoping to land a number of contributors.

In my opinion, the Bengals have done a good job of targeting higher upside players late in the draft and finding serviceable talents who have fallen. With players such as Rex Burkhead, C.J. Uzomah and Auden Tate being taken in the 5th round or later over the years, the Bengals could be primed to find another late round gem with their five picks in the 6th round.

Round 1, Pick 11: Devin Bush Jr., LB, Michigan

The ideal fit in the first round would be Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver, but it’s hard to see him falling outside of the top 10 after his Pro Day. That leaves the top two linebackers in the draft in Devin White and Devin Bush as the secondary options. In this scenario, the Bengals land Bush, the physical and rangy backer from Michigan.

Round 2, Pick 42: Kaleb McGary

While the Bengals front office announced their commitment to right tackle Bobby Hart, it’s hard to believe that when there is a cheap potential out scheduled into next off season. Kaleb McGary could become their franchise right tackle, but the former tight end and basketball star has the athleticism that a transition to guard could be a way to get him on the field. Either way, he provides upside and depth for the Bengals young offensive line.

Round 3, Pick 73: Renell Wren, IDL, Arizona State

While the Bengals missed out on Ed Oliver in the first round, landing Renell Wren in the third round isn’t a bad consolation prize. Wren projects as an active interior defensive lineman with the physical traits to suggest multiple alignments. As a piece that could play next to Geno Atkins while also spelling him at times, Wren would fit nicely into the Bengals depth chart.

Round 4, Pick 110: Foster Moreau, TE, LSU

Cincinnati has some questions marks beyond 2019 at the tight end position, which means they’ll likely target that position early in the NFL Draft. While Tyler Eifert and C.J. Uzomah have talent, neither one offers the blocking upside of Moreau. Additionally, Moreau has some untapped receiving potential and could use the majority of 2019 to develop in that area.

Round 5, Pick 149: Ryan Finley, QB, NC State

It’s entirely possible that new head coach Zac Taylor has his eyes on a quarterback in the first round of the NFL Draft, but I think the more likely scenario is that Cincinnati brings in a mid-round quarterback who provides depth while pushing Andy Dalton. While Finley will get in trouble with his decision making a few times per game, NFL teams like his accuracy and touch. He has fringe starter potential.

Round 6, Pick 183: Myles Gaskin, RB, Washington

Cincinnati cut ties with running back Mark Walton after a series of arrests, and will likely be looking for another young RB with a similar skill set to spell Joe Mixon. Myles Gaskin is a proven commodity and fits that mold, and would provide nice value on Day 3 of the NFL Draft.

Round 6, Pick 198: Anthony Ratliff-Williams, WR, North Carolina

Cincinnati has a great 1-2 punch at wide receiver in A.J. Green and Tyler Boyd, but aren’t sold on their depth behind them. A high school quarterback, Anthony Ratliff-Williams is just scratching the surface of his potential at wide receiver. With dynamic body control and inside-outside versatility, Ratliff-Williams projects as a very solid complimentary piece.

Round 6, Pick 210: Max Scharping, OT, Northern Illinois

Max Scharping provides excellent upside on Day 3 of the NFL Draft after starting 53 consecutive games in college. With a ton of experience playing both left and right tackle, Scharping has proven to be a wall in pass protection. He has the ceiling of a starter in the NFL.

Round 6, Pick 211: John Cominsky, EDGE, Charleston

Another late rounder with upside, John Cominsky transitioned from high school quarterback to stacked up edge rusher after just a few seasons. The Senior Bowl participant has the tools to play defensive end, but at 286 pounds will likely see time inside as well. He tested out as an excellent athlete along the defensive line (4.69s 40-yard dash, 7.03s three-cone drill).

Round 6, Pick 213: Tommy Sweeney, TE, Boston College

With Tyler Eifert returning on a one-year deal, it’s possible that Cincinnati looks to double dip at the tight end position in the NFL Draft. Sweeney provides a well-balanced game, and will be a plus blocker as soon as he steps onto an NFL field.

Round 7, Pick 223: Brian Peavy, CB, Iowa State

The cornerback position is one of the strengths of the Bengals roster, but help could be always be used for sub package sets. Brian Peavy projects as a slot corner at the NFL because of his size and how aggressive and sound he is against the run.