BIG Z Sports revamps their mock drafts with Joe Geckler offering a look at the Cincinatti Bengals’ seven-round rundown for the 2020 NFL Draft.
Tuesday, April 14, 2020
BIG Z Sports – Joe Geckler’s Mock Draft 2.0
Bengals 2020 Draft Picks
The intrigue of having the #1 overall pick for Bengals fans is excited and filled with a bunch of what ifs. Who should they take, should they trade the pick for more picks, what is the biggest need for a team that was 2-14 just a year ago? To fill a bunch of holes or stand pat and take what most people think is the best player in the draft this year? The following mock draft I have conducted looks at everything the Bengals need and what I think the draft would look like for the Bengals if they traded the #1 overall pick in the rumored trade with the Miami Dolphins who have 3 1st round picks (5, 18, 26). So here I go…
- Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon – The Bengals need is at QB we all know that. In trading down with the Miami, the Bengals still get a QB that they really like and has a huge upside. He is a big, talented QB (6’6” 236lbs), that was able to produce some impressive numbers while leading the Ducks offense since 2016. Herbert completed 64% of his passes, threw for 10,541 yards, tossed 95 TD passes while only being intercepted 23 times in his entire career. With Herbert’s size and moderate mobility (ran a 4.6 40 at combine) he could provide what the Bengals are looking for in a QB in the physical AFC North for years to come. Plus, this garners a first-rounder from Houston that was traded to Miami for 2021. It’s a win-win.
- AJ Epenesa, DE, Iowa – The Bengals need a pass rushing DE to provide depth and stability at the position. With Carlos Dunlap getting older (but still productive) Epenesa fills that void. Epenesa is a 6’6” 280lbs physically imposing player, who helped the Hawkeyes the last 3 years be one of the better defenses in the B1G. He totaled 101 tackles, 36 TFL, 26.5 sacks, 7 pass deflections, 9 forced fumbles and 1 fumble recovery which resulted in a TD. Epenesa would be a nice addition to a defensive line that has been solid over the past several years.
- Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU – The Bengals can add a deep threat for their new QB who they just drafted 25 picks earlier. Jefferson is a big (6’2 202lbs) and fast (4.4 40 yd dash) WR who could make defenses not double team AJ Green on the other side and help make the offense more explosive. Jefferson is coming off of his best season at LSU 111 receptions, 1,540 yards and 18 TD’s in his junior season. In the 2019 College Football Playoffs vs Oklahoma and Clemson, Jefferson hauled in 23 passes, with 333 yards and 4 TD’s on his way to winning a National Championship. With those type of numbers, Jefferson could be on his way to a very productive career with the Cincinnati Bengals.
- AJ Terrell, CB, Clemson – The Bengals are in need of a CB to help fill depth and challenge for a starting spot on a defense that ranked 25th in the NFL in 2019. Terrell is a long and athletic CB (6’1” 190 lb). He posted a 4.4 40-yard dash at the NFL combine so, he has the speed to keep up with most NFL receivers. Terrell could add some much-needed talent and depth to the Bengals secondary.
- Lucas Niang, OT, TCU – Niang is a BIG physical tackle (6’6” 315lbs) that would provide depth to an offensive line that has struggled the past few years.
- Joe Bachie, LB, Michigan State – Bachie is an Ohio (Brook Park, Ohio) kid that can play at the NFL level. Bachie measured 6’1 230 at the NFL combine. He was a 3-year starter for Michigan State and tallied over 100 tackles twice in his career as a Spartan. He was suspended for the 2nd half of the 2019 for a positive PED test while at Michigan State. Bachie, also was a captain for the Spartans.
- Hunter Bryant, TE, Washington – Bryant is a receiving TE that struggles in some blocking schemes. Bryant could add depth at a position of need for the Bengals.
- Jonah Jackson, OG, Ohio State – The Bengals continue their run on Ohio State offensive lineman in 2020. Jackson played well with Ohio State in 2019 blocking for Justin Fields and that high-powered Buckeye offense. Jackson would provide depth at a position of need for Cincinnati.
- Calvin Throckmorton, C, Oregon – Throckmorton will provide depth to the Bengals offensive line.
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