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Mock Draft 5.0 – The Dreams Do Come True Edition

James Rapien



46.  Billy Price, C, Ohio State – I’ve said for months that Price may fall to round two. I stand by that statement. Yes, the Bengals are high on him, but it’s a deep class of interior offensive linemen.

One of the top centers will still be available on Friday. The Bengals may have to get aggressive to make this happen. Price may not fall all the way to 46. I ran this scenario by Lapham and he said “Merry Christmas big boy. That would be Santa Claus on steroids.”

Steroids aren’t free. They cost. And that’s why the Bengals should consider moving up to pick 39 or somewhere in that range to secure the center that falls. I’m guessing it’s Price, but it could be Ragnow or James Daniels.

They could try to give up their fourth round pick – 112 overall to get the deal done. Maybe they throw in a fifth or a seventh to sweeten the deal.

Center is the Bengals’ biggest need. If a player like McGlinchey falls to 21, they’d be silly to pass on him. It makes even more sense if they take an aggressive approach and try to land another player they considered drafting at 21.

Would you give up picks 46, 112 and 249 for Price, Daniels or Ragnow?

I would. Heck, I’d probably throw in a fifth or sixth rounder if I needed to to get the deal done. I want “Santa Claus on steroids.”

The Bengals have been more aggressive this offseason and it continues with a significant day two trade to land a top player.

NOTE: I think trading up from 46 is worth it if it means adding one of the top centers. Drafting Daniels, Ragnow or Price in round two would be a win after landing McGlinchey in round one.

Other targets at pick 46 include Justin Reid from Stanford and Hayden Hurst from South Carolina. A dark horse candidate would be Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph, who they brought in for a top 30 visit.

77.  Ronnie Harrison, S, Alabama – The Bengals have wanted to add a safety all offseason. They like taking Alabama players are are happy to see Harrison at this spot.

He has the size they like – 6’2″ tall and 207 pounds. He was second-team All-SEC last season. The Bengals probably love his athleticism. He made all sorts of plays at Alabama including three interceptions, five passes defensed and 4.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage last season.

This pick makes a lot of sense as the Bengals continue to fill needs, while also taking players they’re high on. Watch some of his highlights in the video below.

100. Nick Nelson, CB, Wisconsin – We know how much the Bengals like their corners. Nelson is a perfect heir to Darqueze Dennard’s throne at nickel corner, assuming they don’t re-sign him next offseason.

He had 21 passes defensed last season, but he didn’t register any interceptions (I’m having flashbacks to Johnathan Joseph’s rookie season with the Bengals). His name has come up in conversation a lot, which leads me to believe the Bengals might be higher on him than others across the league.

Nelson would certainly get consideration here if they don’t pick a cornerback sooner.

Other targets for round three include Arden Key from LSU, Malik Jefferson from Texas, Derrick Nnadi from Florida State and Orlando Brown from Oklahoma.

Check out Solomon Tentman’s evaluations of Mike McGlincheyOrlando BrownQuenton Nelson, Connor Williams, Billy Price, James DanielsFrank RagnowIsaiah WynnRoquan SmithTremaine Edmunds and Rashaan Evans.

James covers the Cincinnati Bengals for ESPN 1530 and 700 WLW in Cincinnati. He hosts shows on both stations, including Cincy 3:60 from 12pm-1pm daily on ESPN 1530. He is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati. Feel free to email him your ideas, fantasy football questions and hot takes.

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