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 difficult setting at the draft simulator site Fanspeak. 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
Burrow was the pick for Cincinnati the minute after their Week 16 loss to Miami. No matter how many people try to perpetuate the idea that the Bengals may trade the pick, it is all horse manure. Joe Burrow will be the starting QB for Cincy whenever the NFL plays again.
Round 2/Pick 33
The Pick: Josh Jones, OT, Houston
The Bengals saw Jones dominate during Senior Bowl practices and now they would be ecstatic if he was still on the board. Jones could initially start inside at right guard or (hopefully) unseat Bobby Hart at right tackle.
Round 3/Pick 65
The Pick: Bryan Edwards, WR, South Carolina
Edwards would have gone much higher if not for an injury late in the season. Edwards is faster than people think, he has a huge catch radius and can separate from corners. A.J. Green and John Ross are both in the final years of their contracts. The Bengals need a guy who can be that alpha receiver and Edwards can be it.
Round 4/Pick 104
The Pick: Troy Dye, LB, Oregon
The Bengals almost certainly need to come away with a linebacker at some point. Dye fits the bill of what they seem to like at the position. He should have played at the Senior Bowl but an injury took him out.
THE REST OF THE PICKS:
5/147: Khalid Kareem, EDGE, Notre Dame
6/180: Rashard Lawrence, DL, LSU
7/215: Michael Onwenu, G, Michigan