2018 NFL Draft – Bengals Edition

The 2018 NFL draft is just a day away.  The Cincinnati Bengals (the only team that matters) originally had the 12th pick.  Mike Brown and company, shockingly, made a great trade in moving back from pick 12 to 21 and gaining a franchise LT in Cordy Glenn.  This trade would not have been necessary if Mike Brown would have committed to Andrew Whitworth but the team does get younger and will likely have a few more years out of Glenn.   They did not really lose much moving back 9 spots.  This draft is deep with talent and is not as top heavy as prior years. For what the Bengals need the 21st pick is likely to provide better value.  Most of the players they would consider at 12 and help the team win would be reaches at 12 and great value picks at 21.

Round 1

Targets heading into round 1. Some of these guys are a pipe dream at pick 21. Bold players are best case scenario.

By moving back, the Bengals have mostly moved out of a chance to select Mike McGlinchey, Derwin James, Roquan Smith or Tremaine Edwards.  The only guy I’ll be sad about missing out on is McGlinchey as I think he will be a 12+ year starting OT. Continue reading