The Cincinnati Bengals finished Zac Taylor’s first year at the helm a disappointing 2-14. This tied the worst record in franchise history. However, every dark cloud has a silver lining. For the Bengals that is being in possession of the first pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Cincinnati also had the benefit of coaching at this year’s Senior Bowl.
The Bengals only have their original seven draft picks but I can see them trading back in the middle rounds to get a few more bites of the apple.
Today, I will go through all seven rounds of a mock draft to see if I can make them a better team. I will use my own big board, with User-Votes team needs, and the difficulty setting at the draft simulator site Fanspeak. And thanks to Fanspeak Premium, I can make a few trades to get those extra picks. If you haven’t already, do yourself a favor and subscribe to Fanspeak Premium today!
Round 1/Pick 1
The Pick: Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
As I said in my last mock draft, you can chisel Joe Burrow’s name into a stone tablet for the Bengals. He is going to be the #1 pick. It doesn’t matter the amount of posturing and clickbait that comes out over the next two months. LOCK IT IN! You can also write in Burrow as QB1 on the Cincinnati depth chart.
Round 2/Pick 33
The Pick: Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma
The Bengals have the least athletic linebacker group in football. They also will likely be starting over there in 2020. Murray can be the new top dog. He is a sideline-to-sideline missile.
Jacksonville acquires pick 3-1 to select Brandon Aiyuk, WR, Arizona State. Bengals acquire picks 3-9 and 4-10 to move back
Round 3/Pick 73
The Pick: Robert Hunt, G, Louisiana
In this scenario, the Bengals move back 8 spots and pick up an extra four and a starting guard. Hunt is a nasty blocker who is strong at the point of attack and athletic enough to pull in space.
Round 4/Pick 104
The Pick: Devin Duvernay, WR, Texas
With John Ross likely on his way out after this season, Cincinnati will need to replace his speed at WR. Duvernay is one of the fastest pass-catchers in this class. He had tremendous production this year for Texas. The staff also coached him at the Senior Bowl.
Las Vegas acquires pick 4-10 (from JAX) to select Khalil Davis, DL, Nebraska. Bengals acquire picks 4-15 and 5-13 to move back
Round 4 Pick/Pick 118
The Pick: Jacob Phillips, LB, LSU
So the Bengals take the pick acquired from the Jaguars and move back a few more spots and add to the LB room. Phillips isn’t as highly touted as his teammate Patrick Queen but he was quite productive for LSU this year. He will add to their special teams and could compete to start in year one.
THE REST OF THE PICKS:
5/147: Raekwon Davis, DL, Alabama
5/159: Alex Taylor, OT, South Carolina State (pick acquired from LV)
6/180: Trevis Gipson, EDGE, Tulsa
7/215: Jared Mayden, S, Alabama