Cincinnati Bengals 7-Round Mock Draft

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Cincinnati Bengals 7-Round Mock Draft

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It’s time for a Cincinnati Bengals mock draft!

The franchise has made it to the AFC Championship game in both of Joe Burrow’s full seasons, and their offensive core ensures that they’ll remain there as long as they all stay healthy.

However, things are about to get more difficult as Burrow, Ja’Marr Chase, and Tee Higgins move off of their rookie contract and into their impending extensions. With less money to go around, drafting cost-controlled contributors becomes even more important.

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Cincinnati Bengals 7-Round Mock Draft

Round 1 (No. 28 overall)

Pick: Anton Harrison, OT, Oklahoma

Anton Harrison is a plug-and-play pass blocker on one of the league’s pass-happiest teams. After getting significant left tackle snaps as a true freshman, Harrison was the full-time starter for the Sooners in 2021 and 2022, allowing just one quarterback knockdown on 425 pass-blocking snaps in 2022.

Current Bengals offensive tackle Jonah Williams has requested a trade, and while I believe adding an elite tight end or depth in the secondary are also priorities, nothing tops protecting Joe Burrow.

Round 2 (No. 60 overall)

Pick: Tucker Kraft, TE, South Dakota State

Projecting FCS players is always tricky, but Tucker Kraft’s production matches up against his electrifying athletic testing, making him one of the more intriguing tight-end prospects in this year’s class.

Kraft’s 9.68 Relative Athletic Score shows an agile, big-bodied pass-catcher who has big hands and a quick first step. He’d fill in nicely alongside recent free-agent signee Irv Smith.

Round 3 (No. 92 overall)

Pick: Anthony Johnson Jr., S, Iowa St

With the departure of both Jessie Bates and Vonn Bell leaving for the NFC South, the Bengals have an immediate need at safety. Unfortunately, this isn’t a strong draft class for safeties, but Iowa State’s Anthony Johnson Jr. showed promise in 2022 after moving over from cornerback.

Round 4 (No. 131 overall)

Pick: Cory Trice, CB, Purdue

Cory Trice is getting a lot of pre-draft buzz, and rightfully so. At 6’3″ 206, he has elite size for a corner, and his agility is off the charts. He’ll be a tight-end stopper at the next level after allowing just one catch on 88 press coverage snaps in 2022.

Round 5 (No. 163 overall)

Pick: Sean Tucker, RB, Syracuse

Joe Mixon has been in the news for all the wrong reasons this offseason, and Samaje Perine left for Denver in free agency, so the Bengals will likely add to the running back room in this draft. Tucker is an explosive north-south back with good size and speed. He doesn’t have great hands or wiggle in the open field, but he could carve out an early-down role in this league.

Round 6 (No. 206 overall)

Pick: Yasir Abdullah, EDGE, Louisville

It’s not uncommon for a strong on-field performer to slide in the pre-draft process when the measurables come in, and that’s the case here with Yasir Abdullah. He’s small for an edge rusher in the NFL, but he was outstanding at Louisville, with a 21.2% pass rush win rate, piling up 59 pressures on just 306 pass rush snaps in 2022.

Round 7 (No. 206 overall)

Pick: Grant DuBose, WR, Charlotte

DuBose has the size and contested catch ability to perform at the next level. The Bengals have elite competition at the position, and DuBose would be set up to learn from some of the game’s best.

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