We got to draft week after what seems like forever since this whole process started. Let’s run through another seven-round Cincinnati Bengals drill before we finally get to the actual draft, using the Draft Simulator Network.
Those Bengals enter the draft with notable needs at an offensive line position, as well as at defensive positions like cornerback, defensive tackle and in terms of pressure makers.
Reading: Bengals 7-round mock draft 2021
A seven-round final drill will attempt to marry those needs with courage and perspectives that fit the profile the Bengals like to take. the goal is to provide a good idea of what could happen this week during the three-day event.
no. 31 – Tyler Linderbaum, Center, Iowa
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There has been a lot of discussion about Linderbaum this draft season and where he will fall in the draft. Could 31 be his sweet spot with the Bengals? is the case here in this drill and the Bengals get much needed offensive line depth. he would fit in as a starter with ted karras moving to left guard.
no. 63 – cam taylor-britt, cb, nebraska
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taylor-britt is a very intriguing cornerback prospect and can help immediately from the outside. very athletic and can work in a number of roles and styles. great help for secondary.
no. 95 – jeremy ruckert, te, ohio state
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picking three big ten players in a row was certainly not intentional, but the way the board has been falling, it just fell that way. Ruckert is a very good tight end who seems to be getting forgotten in this class, but could end up having one of the biggest impacts on his respective team.
no. 136 – deangelo malone, rim, western kentucky
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a player the Bengals have met this draft season and very exciting. current conference usa player of the year uu. he just chases opponents around the edge and can be a situational pass-rusher to begin with, working a rotation behind trey hendrickson and sam hubbard.
no. 174 – tycen anderson, security, toledo
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The Bengals will likely go for a safety at some point in the draft, as a little safety for Jessie Bates and Anderson can help be a developing third safety who can tackle well and contribute early on special teams.
no. 209 – mario goodrich, cb, clemson
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an all-acc first team in 2021, goodrich has potential to the next level. he just needs some time, since he only started for one year at clemson, but he has 14 career pass breakups for him and four interceptions. With Cam Taylor-Britt already in the mix in this group, the double dip here allows Goodrich time to develop, but he can start as a solid cb4.
no. 226 – obinna eze, ot, tcu
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There’s nothing fancy about eze, but as a seventh-round developmental tackle, he’s a good high-flyer. there would be no rush to play him early and he’s probably better suited to a backup role anyway, but that works for now for eze with the flares.
no. 252 – jeffrey gunter, edge, coastal carolina
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Additional pressure on passes is never a bad thing and getting that on the 252 pick is a wonderful feeling. Hunter had a great week in Vegas for the Shrine Bowl and would help build a very good pass-rush combination after the Bengals already added Malone to the mix in this class as well. lots of young power and athleticism coming off the edge here.