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2010 Bengals Mock Draft

With the draft now just a day away, it’s time to finalize those mocks and hope everyone forgets them before they see just how wrong you are over the course of the draft.  On my boards, names like Earl Thomas, Dez Bryant, Jermaine Gresham, Mike Iupati and Taylor Mays have all graced the No. 1 spot. I now believe Thomas, Bryant and either Iupati or Mays will be gone by the time the Bengals are on the clock, but I see the team going off this list to make their first pick. Without further adieu, here’s one last mock before tomorrow’s big show…  

1. Sergio Kindle, Linebacker, Texas  Taylor Mays and Jermaine Gresham have occupied this spot in most predictions, but if the team truly goes BPA, Kindle could be their man. He will instantly help with the third down pass rush from the end or outside linebacker position and can be groomed to play the SAM backer spot once Maualuga makes his expected move to the middle in a year or two. Kindle brings a lot of the same things to the table that David Pollack did, and Marvin has been looking for a player like this since Pollack went down the second game of his sophomore season. Think of what Zimmer can do with a weapon like Kindle to attack with…  

2. Brian Price, Defensive Tackle, UCLA  Wouldn’t it be a surprise to see Price fall this far? You bet! But someone will slip through the cracks into this spot and give the Bengals a lot to think about. They ultimately decide to take Price for their DT rotation. Although Georgia Tech safety Morgan Burnett would be the best pick to fill a need, Price helps the pass defense by creating a surge from the middle. The deep defensive tackle class knocks him down a bit come draft day, but the Bengals are thrilled to see a talent like his there in the second round. He contributes instantly in the tackle rotation and makes us all feel a lot better about our situation if Peko and/or Johnson miss action again this year.  

3a. Mardy Gilyard, Wide Receiver, Cincinnati  Yes, I’m one of those guys on the “Draft Gilyard” bandwagon. He has all the makings of a slot receiver in this league and wants to be here more than anything. The kid’s got a great personality and is a big time gamer. His stock was rising fast at the Senior Bowl and he’s done nothing to hurt it since. If Dez Bryant goes late in the first round, that pushes names like Thomas, Benn, Tate and LaFell lower in the draft and the chips fall into place for Gilyard to stay at home. If Gilyard’s gone, a guy like Jordan Shipley (Texas), Taylor Price (Ohio U) or Eric Decker (Minnesota) would also be a good pick up.  

3b. Myron Lewis, Cornerback, Vanderbilt  A solid starter at Vanderbilt, Lewis becomes the third pick on the defensive side of the football in this draft and competes with Morgan Trent for the nickel position. Though Lewis is considered a potential free safety by some because of his measurable, the Bengals make this pick and complete the first two days of the draft without taking a safety or a tight end (their two biggest needs according to most sources).  

4a. Nate Byham, Tight End, Pittsburgh  The annual head-scratcher of the Bengals draft, Cincinnati takes Byham a round (or two) earlier than most expect him to go. With Chase Coffman the current top tight end on the roster, Byham adds to the mix a good blocker with a 6-foot-3, 68 pound frame.  

4b. Zane Beadles, Guard, Utah With experiences at left tackle and left guard, Beadles joins Anthony Collins as our all-position backups.  Even with Evan Mathis re-signing, Beadles can still be a good pick for line depth.  

5. John Connor, Fullback, Kentucky  What’s a mock draft without a couple local/regional homer picks?  Fui Vakapuna is currently the only fullback on the roster, but was two parts power runner to every one part lead blocker in college. Connor can instantly come in and help the o-line blow open holes for Benson. Why would we not want a fullback whose nickname can be “The Terminator”?  

6. Garrett Lindholm, Kicker, Tarleton State  Yes, the team has said that no kicker in this year’s class is worth a pick. But Cincinnati needs someone who can kick it off to the end zone and maybe even get some touchbacks (those are still legal, right?). In the field position game and having a good leg booting the ball is just as important as covering kicks well.  

7.  Daniel Te’o-Nesheim, Defensive End, Washington  A relative unknown across the nation, Te’o-Nesheim has amassed 30 sacks in four years with the Huskies including 11 in his senior campaign.

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One Response to “2010 Bengals Mock Draft”

  1. Ben Dover says:

    I propose a trade between the Steelers and the Bungals, Ben Roethlisberger for Carson Palmer even up.
    Ben has a rap sheet now that compares with any player on the Cincinnatti roster, and he’s an Ohio native. And the Steelers would get rid of bad rubbish.
    It’s a win-win for both teams.
    Plus you would get a player with two Super Bowl rings, which is the only way a Bungals player or coach will ever earn one, that is with another team, ie; Head Coach Dick LeBeau and Quarterback Ken Anderson, both of whom won rings with the Steelers.
    Please contact me through this blog if you are interested,
    Ben Dover
    Steelers Fan

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