Next up in the mock draft is Bengal Stripes, picking on behalf of the Cincinnati Bengals. There's still some very interesting players available for a team that bottomed out last season and lost some of their better players during the off season (you may remember something about a T.J. Whoseyourmama visiting the Vikings. So who does the best informed Bengals fan in the Universe want to be the newest Bengal? Read on...
With the sixth pick of the 2009 NFL Draft the Cincinnati Bengals select…
If Jason Smith falls to Cincinnati at No. 6, there will be no complaints from any coach, player or fan in the Queen City when the Bengals gobble him up.
Ever since the combine, Smith has climbed up draft boards due to his excellent interviews and also because Alabama OT Andre Smith’s early exit from the event last month.
In the 2009 NFL Draft, the Bengals are in a unique position in that they need everything.
However, the team needs an offensive tackle more than ever after cutting longtime starting right tackle Willie Anderson before the start of the 2008 season.
On the other side, Cincinnati’s left tackle Levi Jones hasn’t been the same player fans fell in love with him in the early portion of this decade. Through his first four seasons with the Bengals Jones played in 63 of Cincinnati’s 64 regular season games, including 60 of which he started. The last three seasons, Jones played in 31 of the team’s 48 regular season games and started only 28.
On top of all that, last year’s franchise player Stacy Andrews signed a long-term deal to play with his bro in Philadelphia on the first day of free agency.
If the season would start today, it would appear that 2008 fourth-round pick Anthony Collins would be the starter at left tackle and left guard Andrew Whitworth would probably start at right tackle.
Nate Livings would then take Whitworth’s old spot at guard, with a mystery man filling in at center.
It is pretty obvious that the Bengals o-line is the team’s messiest area.
Getting Smith would instantly would upgrade Cincinnati.