Don't completely blame Andy Dalton for his five-turnover performance against the Ravens. This is the first time in his career that he's playing behind an offensive line that doesn't happen to be packed with talent. In fact, Cincinnati's blocking is probably worse than Seattle's. Both tackles stink, so the Bengals need to address this position early in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Mike McGlinchey would probably have been the top tackle chosen in the 2017 NFL Draft if he had declared (No. 7 overall to the Chargers?), but he announced that he would be returning to school.
Rd. 2, Pk. 4
Mitch Hyatt, OT, Clemson
Based on what happened in the shutout loss to the Ravens, no one should be surprised if the Bengals double up on offensive tackles in the first couple of rounds in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Cincinnati needs an edge rusher to pair with Carlos Dunlap. I think the Bengals would be very happy to have Solomon Thomas here, but he's off the board. There is a lot of chatter that the Bengals love John Ross, and he would make sense as their offense.
Ross (5-11, 188) was a very productive wideout for Washington in 2016 with 81 receptions for 1,150 yards and 17 touchdowns. For the NFL, he will have to fit as a speedy, shifty slot receiver as he is very undersized. If Ross can add some weight, he could be a Brandin Cooks-type receiver. Otherwise, Ross might be more similar to Sterling Shepard or Tavon Austin. Ross has good hands, route-running, and is fast. He could be a mismatch weapon as a slot receiver.
As a sophomore (17-371-4) and freshman (16-208-1) Ross contributed some, but the junior took on a bigger role in 2016.
Rd. 2, Pk. 2
Tyus Bowser, OLB, Houston
The Bengals could use some young linebacker talent and another edge rusher across from Carlos Dunlap. Bowser addresses both needs.
In 2016, Bowser had 47 tackles with 12 tackles for a loss, 8.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one pass batted. He was a tough edge rusher for Houston. Bowser could fit as a 3-4 outside or inside linebacker, and he could play inside on run downs and move to rush off the edge in passing situations. In a 4-3 defense, Bowser (6-2, 244) would fit as a Sam - strongside - linebacker and could rush off the edge in obvious passing situations.
Rd. 3, Pk. 3
Dawuane Smoot, DE/3-4OLB, Illinois
The Bengals grab another edge rusher for their defense.
During the fall, there was a good amount of hype about Smoot as a few ESPN draft analysts projected him among the top-10 prospects for the 2017 NFL Draft. In speaking with multiple NFL teams, they say they initially graded Smoot as a late first-rounder before lowering him into the middle region of Day 2. Smoot totaled 56 tackles and 15 for a loss, five sacks, two forced fumbles and one pass batted in 2016.
Sources say that Smoot is very athletic and explosive off the edge. However, they feel the 6-foot-2, 255-pounder, despite being strong for his size, is more disruptive than productive, and that could be the case for him in the NFL. They believe Smoot is the kind of player who will place a lot of pressure on the quarterback, but net only a few sacks. Starting across from Jihad Ward in 2015, Smoot had a strong junior season as he totaled eight sacks with 15 tackles for a loss, 40 tackles, two passes batted and three forced fumbles.
Rd. 4, Pk. 4
Kendell Beckwith, ILB, LSU
The Bengals could use multiple linebackers as they have a few veterans entering free agency after this season.
In 2016, Beckwith totaled 91 tackles with six for a loss, one sack and four passes broken up. He played well in 2015 for LSU as a physical in-the-box presence. On the year, the junior totaled 84 tackles with 10 tackles for a loss, two forced fumbles and a pass batted. As a sophomore, he had 77 tackles with three pass breakups, two sacks and an interception.
Beckwith (6-2, 243) was a strong tackler and good at taking on blocks in college. He needs to improve his pass-coverage skills for the NFL though, but teams really liked him before he got injured.
Rd. 4, Pk. 4
Tyler Orlosky, C, West Virginia
The Bengals could consider some interior offensive line competition after losing Kevin Zeitler.
Orlosky is good in the ground game and generally reliable in pass protection. The 6-foot-2, 292-pounder could develop into a starting center in the NFL. He isn't overly strong, but gets in good position and is an angle blocker.
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Ryan Glasgow, DT, Michigan
The Bengals could use some interior defensive line depth and competition.
Rd. 5, Pk. 5
Deangelo Yancey, WR, Purdue
The Bengals could target multiple receivers in the 2017 NFL Draft and have shown interest in Yancey.
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Rayshawn Jenkins, S, Miami
The Bengals could use some safety depth and competition.
Rd. 6, Pk. 6
Dan Skipper, OT, Arkansas
The Bengals get some right tackle more depth as Andre Smith will probably start with Cedric Ogbuehi or Jake Fisher moving to guard.
Rd. 7, Pk. 7
Josh Thornton, CB, Southern Utah
The Bengals get more secondary depth and hosted Thornton.
-TRADE: CIN SENDS PICKS 1:15 AND 3:15 TO LAC FOR PICK 1:11-
Projected Finish (LAC): 7-9 (4th in AFC West)
2017 First Picks: WR Mike Williams (1-7) and OG Forrest Lamp (2-38)
Measurements: 6'7" and 310 lbs.
2016 Statistics: 4.47 yards per rush (18 TD's) and 28 sacks against team
Notre Dame was hard to watch at times last year, but the offensive line was one of the few bright spots on the team. Mike McGlinchey was the unchallenged leader of this solid unit, and would've been the top tackle in last year's draft. Another year of experience won't hurt his stock; Bengals grab Andrew Whitworth's replacement; they're willing to trade up for that.
The Bengals defense is actually sneaky consistent from year to year with their hard nosed play and more importantly Geno Atkins in the middle mucking up opposing offenses. However, the middle of their defense in the linebacking corp has always been a sticking point to me with how mediocre athletic wise they were. Yes, Vontaze Burfict is a fantastic player when not causing problems, but he is a bit of a plodder and his contract is up after this season. Same can be said about flyer free agent acquisition Kevin Minter. I would only bring Burfict on a really team friendly deal if I were the Bengals since he is a few more personal penalties away from being suspended for a season. Jefferson is a fantastic leader on and off the field to go with his electric athletic ability. He is a true two way linebacker in his ability to blitz and cover in space. In today's football he can be a great weapon in the middle of the field to neutralize opposing quarterbacks in a multitude of ways.
Last Weeks Selection: Martez Ivey OT Florida at Pick # 15
Cincinnati just extended the oft-suspended Vontaze Burfict and has Kevin Minter headed for free agency, so the team could be in the market for some linebacker help. <br> <br>
Team sources say that Thomas has a first-round skill set and a lot of upside to develop. In 2016, he recorded 77 tackles with 11 tackles for a loss, two passes batted and one forced fumble. The 6-foot-3, 227-pound Thomas could be poised for a big 2017 season.
Williams been a top 5 OT in college football the past two years, and has dominated in pass protection at Texas. Unless 3rd year players Cedric Obeguehi and Jake Fisher significantly improve, OL should be the pick
The Bengals lost Kevin Zeitler in free agency, and guard could be a weakness this season for Cincinnati. Here's a plug-and-play starter.
The 6-foot-5, 325-pound Nelson was dominant in 2016. He is strong at the point of attack to open holes in the ground game and athletic in pass protection. Sources say that Nelson is receiving first-round grades, and one national scout told WalterFootball.com that they think Nelson is a future Pro Bowler.