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In just a little over a month the Cincinnati Bengals will be on the clock looking to make their first selection in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Sitting with the 11th pick in the draft, every Bengals fan might have a different thought on where new head coach Zac Taylor and the organization may look to build for the future.

Taylor an offensive guy could look at a few players on that side of the ball. However,  with one of the worst defenses a season ago, help in the secondary and now linebacker with the departure of Vontaze Burfict to the Raiders, could see them lean heavy on the defensive side of the ball.

We look at several mock drafts that have the Bengals looking at several different players.

Dwayne Haskins
Ohio State

Mock Draft Picks: NBC Sports, CBS Sports Ryan Wilson

Haskins is young and still a player in development at the quarterback position.

At 6-foot-3, 231-pounds, Haskins has the look of being a high-level player after just one season as a starter. 

Haskins elected to enter the draft following a season that saw him become a finalist for the Heisman Trophy and be named the best player in the Big Ten Conference.

Are the Bengals thinking quarterback if he would to fall to them with the No. 11 pick?

New Bengals head coach Zac Taylor attended the Buckeyes pro-day with an eye on Haskins but so did every NFL team including the New York Giants who sit with the No. 6 pick and have been considered the favorite to draft Haskins.

With a pre-workout script of 50 throws, Haskins completed all but five throws to receivers including one drop and impressed all in attendance.

Many fans would cheer if Haskins was the pick and it would continue a trend of picking Buckeyes high in the draft.

Devin White

Mock Draft Pick: 247 Sports

White could be the winner after the Bengals made the choice to not bring Vontaze Burfict back.

Early in several mock drafts it was White who the majority had penciled in for the Bengals.

A 6-foot-0, 237-pound backer who can run (4.42 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine), White has produced at a high level winning the Butkus Award and earning All-SEC and All-American honors.

A player who should be considered a Week One starter, White has all the tools to become a high-level player in the NFL.

However, in the past few weeks White has seen his stock rise and there looks to be a good chance he’ll be gone by the time the Bengals are on the clock.

Devin Bush

Mock Draft Pick: Bucky Brooks, SBNation

Bush measured in at 5-foot-11, 234-pounds at the NFL Combine posting a 4.43 40-yard dash and a 40.5-inch vertical jump.

This shows the explosiveness you want from a linebacker. However, the biggest concern with Bush is his physical size.

The bloodline is there as father, Devin Bush Sr. played in the NFL for eight years.

Bush was a Team Captain, Consensus All-American and received top honors from the Big Ten Conference being named the Woodson-Nagurski Defensive Player of the Year and Butkus-Fitzgerald Linebacker of the Year.

A player who can go sideline-to-sideline, Bush was also a two-time Butkus Award Finalist at Michigan and could be the guy if defense is the call and White is off the board.

Rashan Gary
Defensive End/Tackle

Mock Draft Pick: Sports Illustrated, Draft Site

Since high school, Gary was expected to be a major player and future player in the NFL when he signed with the Wolverines.

Came in just under 6-foot-5 and 277-pounds at the combine and raised his stock with his overall performance at the combine with a 4.58 40-yard dash, 38.0-inch vertical jump and 26 reps in the bench press.

A three-time letter winner, Gary has all the athletic tools you look for in a high draft pick.

Played in 34 career games with only 21 starts, Gary earned All-Big Ten honors the past two seasons.

Projected as a player who should become an instant starter, Gary has loads of potential but will need some development in his overall game.

Ed Oliver
Defensive Line

Mock Draft Pick: Draft Tek, CBS Sports R.J. White

Those in Cincinnati that follow the Cincinnati Bearcats know about Oliver as he comes from the American Athletic Conference.

Oliver was a highly recruited prospect out of high school who spurned Power Five programs to stay close to home and it payed off with a career that saw him become a dominate player earning All-American honors and being the AAC Defensive Player of the Year.

After a monster sophomore year, Oliver saw injuries slow him down this past season. However, that hasn’t stopped many from placing the 6-foot-2, 287-pounder as a high first round selection.

In the past few weeks some have Oliver dropping out of the Top Ten with a couple feeling the Bengals could be in the market if he’s there at No. 11.

Jawaan Taylor
Offensive Tackle

Mock Draft Pick: Bleacher Report

Many feel Taylor is another player who can step right into an NFL starting lineup and the Bengals need help along the offensive line.

Yes, Bobby Hart resigned but no one feels he’s a long-term solution.

Taylor is now 6-foot-5, 321-pounds, but had weight issues in high school when he was a reported 380-pounds.

Told to drop weight, Taylor was down to a reported 347-pounds when he signed his letter of intent.

Projected as a right tackle or guard, Taylor will have to keep the work ethic that allowed him to drop the weight from high school and allowed him to develop into one of the top prospects in the draft. 

Andre Dillard
Offensive Line
Washington State

Mock Draft Pick: CBS Sports Chris Trapasso

The prime offensive line position, left tackle, is where Dillard would be penciled in at.

A prospect with outstanding feet and technique in pass-pro would give the Bengals an upgrade to protect Andy Dalton.

Where work is needed is in the run game as Dillard comes from the Air Raid system of Mike Leach and getting run-game reps are hard to come by.

However, all the tools are there for development and we feel teaching run blocking is easy as compared to teaching a tackle to use his feet and hands will keeping his balance in a pass set.

T.J. Hockenson
Tight End

Mock Draft Pick: Sporting News

By bringing back Tyler Eifert one would think taking a tight end this high in the draft would not be thought about.

However, there is talk if Hockenson would still be on the board the Bengals would have interest in the former Iowa Hawkeye who is considered a complete tight end with his ability to block, catch and run.

If already off the board, the Bengals could also look to take Iowa teammate Noah Fant or Alabama product Irv Smith Jr., or look for a tight end in a lower round of the draft.


While we already said the Bengals need help in the secondary, no names are in the several mock drafts looked at.

There are a few names to watch if the Bengals would look to improve their secondary in the first round.

Washington product Byron Murphy, LSU product Greedy Williams and Deandre Baker out of Georgia would be names to watch if looking at a cornerback to help on defense.


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