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What if the Bengals addressed just their offensive needs in the draft? What if they focused on just the defense? These two mock drafts give us an idea of what those separate plans could look like."What if the Bengals focused primarily on getting one side of the ball right with their first five picks and then shifted to the other side? Obviously Jessie Bates Jersey , in real life they would be open to taking players on both sides of the ball at any time, but these mock drafts were run just to see how much improvement they could make by focusing their early picks on one side of the ball.The Bengals have 11 picks in the upcoming draft. The methodology is this: in one draft the Bengals spend their first five picks on offense and their last five picks on defense, and in the other draft they spend their first five picks on defense and their last five picks on defense. Obviously drafting a quarterback early would make the offense-first draft stand out (positively for some and negatively for others). To avoid this, in both drafts Bengals the middle pick (183rd overall) is used on Washington State quarterback Gardner Minshew. Minshew was selected as someone who is likely to be available and who is pretty unobjectionable overall.Without further ado, here we go.Offensive DraftRound 1 - 11th overall pick - T.J. Hockenson - Tight End - IowaThe Bengals re-signed Tyler Eifert, but his health cannot be relied on. C.J. Uzomah is a talented player, but not the same dynamic threat in the passing game. The Bengals lost their best blocking tight end Tyler Kroft in free agency. Hockenson would be the best blocker in the group from day one and would compete with Eifert as the best option in the pass game. He would be a great piece to add to this offense, improving both the run and the pass game and shoring up the tight end position long term. It would allow them to use Eifert sparingly to preserve his health.Round 2 - 42nd overall pick - Greg Little - Offensive Tackle - Ole MissLittle gets a lot of negative press, but that is largely do to his early projection as a first-round pick. Little is a bit of a project who has not even come close to reaching his potential. He is a big, strong athlete with a wide base. He gets movement in the run game and has a good initial pass set. As a second round pick, he would not be pushed on the field immediately. He could be developed as an eventual replacement for Bobby Hart at right tackle and may be able to become the swing tackle in the meantime.Round 3 - 72nd overall pick - David Edwards - Offensive Tackle - Wisconsin In general John Ross Jersey , you can’t go wrong taking an offensive lineman from Wisconsin. This is the school that developed former Bengals guard Kevin Zeitler, former Browns offensive tackle Joe Thomas, and many more over the years. Edwards has excellent feet as a pass protector. Much like Little, he could afford to improve his strength overall. Edwards has the potential to develop into a very good starting offensive tackle in the NFL.Round 4 - 110th overall pick - Darius Slayton - Wide Receiver - AuburnSlayton has an excellent combination of size and speed. He makes good adjustments to the ball and has very good hands. He excels as a deep threat as well as running after the catch on short passes where he demonstrates a surprising ability to break tackles. Slayton could be the teams’ fourth wide receiver and possibly push for John Ross’ spot. Round 5 - 149th overall pick - Devin Singletary - Running Back - Florida AtlanticSingletary is a dynamic player who makes great reads and has an excellent burst. He is the type of rusher who will find a crease just when you think he is about to be tackled in the backfield and the next thing you know, he is 35 yards down field. Singletary would be an excellent compliment to Joe Mixon and Giovani Bernard. Round 6 - 183rd overall pick - Gardner Minshew - Quarterback - Washington StateComing to Washington State as a graduate transfer after 2 years starting for East Carolina, Minshew saw a huge spike in his production. In only one season with the Cougars, Minshew threw for 38 touchdowns, 4,479 yards and completed over 70% of his passes. Minshew has excellent accuracy and knows how to read a defense. He also has a sweet mustache. Round 6 - 198th overall pick - Ulysees Gilbert III - Linebacker - AkronGilbert saw a drop off in production in 2018 after totally 261 tackles in 2016 and 2017. While Gilbert can stuff the run, he is noted for his excellent pass defense. He is excellent at reading the quarterback and breaking on the ball in zone defense. He also has the athletic ability to matchup with running backs in man. Basically, he is everything that the Bengals linebackers weren’t in 2018.Round 6 - 210th overall pick - Deshaun Davis - Linebacker - AuburnDavis showed steady improvement in his time at Auburn and finished his career on a high note. As a senior he had 112 tackles including 15 for a loss. Davis is a tough and intelligent player who was a leader for the Auburn defense in 2018. He is a tad undersized but is a strong and physical tackler. Round 6 - 211th overall pick - Jonathan Ledbetter - Defensive End - GeorgiaLedbetter was a good edge player for the Georgia defense over the past few seasons. He can hold the edge in the run game Ryan Finley Cincinnati Bengals Jersey , but has limited ability to rush the passer. Weighing in at 280 pounds, he could shift to the inside on passing downs while adding bulk to the edge on early downs.Round 6 - 213th overall pick - Wyatt Ray - Defensive End - Boston CollegeAt 6-3 255 pounds, Ray doesn’t have the size of teammate Zach Allen, but he could develop into a productive pass rusher in the NFL. Ray has a great burst off the edge and has demonstrated excellent use of pass rush moves. He played for a very good Boston College defense where he had nine sacks in 2018.Round 7 - 223rd overall pick - Jah’Shawn Johnson - Safety - Texas TechJohnson has excellent range and always seems to be around the ball. He has a great burst and very good ball skills. He can also play man to man. Johnson would add depth to the Bengals secondary.Overall Needs FilledThe offense certainly improves in this draft by adding Hockinson. With Little and Edwards, they add two excellent developmental prospects at offensive tackle. The big issue is waiting to add a linebacker. That would hurt as the Bengals desperately need to find at least one starter at the position in this draft. Defensive DraftRound 1 - 11th overall pick - Devin Bush - Linebacker - MichiganBush is a talented linebacker who played for college football’s best defensive coordinator Don Brown. Bush has great speed and defends both the run and pass effectively. The Bengals have a major need at running back that they have kicked along to the next season for years. Bush would finally give them an athletic upgrade at the position. Round 2 - 42nd overall pick - Jachai Polite - Defensive End - FloridaPolite gets a bit of a bad rap and tested poorly, but he is an absolute beast on film. He is very good against both the run and the pass. Polite has some similarities to Carl Lawson and could be an excellent addition to the Bengals pass rush. Both have a great first step and burst off of the edge.Round 3 - 72nd overall pick - Khalen Saunders - Defensive Tackle - Western Illinois Saunders is 320 pounds and can do a back flip. He has an incredible combination of size and speed. Saunders has a ton of potential to develop into an excellent defensive tackle in the NFL. His athletic ability would make him a great change up to Andrew Billings.Round 4 - 110th overall pick - Germaine Pratt - Linebacker - NC StatePratt is an incredibly underrated player. He has the size and speed to play all three linebacker positions. He has the range to run sideline to sideline from the MIKE linebacker position and is an excellent tackler. Pratt moves well in his pass drops and has the ability to cover tight ends in the pass game as well. He would be a great addition for the Bengals and should be able to push for time right away.Round 5 - 149th overall pick - Mike Edwards - Safety - KentuckyEdwards is a ball-hawk and the best defensive back on the Wildcats’s defense. He is a superb athlete with excellent change of direction and phenomenal range. With 10 career interceptions, he is the type of play-maker the Bengals need on their defense.Round 6 - 183rd overall pick - Gardner Minshew - Quarterback - Washington StateDid I mention he’s got a sweet mustache? Round 6 - 198th overall pick - Tommy Sweeney - Tight End - Boston CollegeThe Bengals may have re-signed Eifert and Uzomah, but they lost their best blocking tight end in Kroft. Sweeney can fill that void. He is a very good blocking tight end who could help open holes for Mixon in the running game. Round 6 - 210th overall pick - Anthony Johnson - Wide Receiver - BuffaloJohnson runs great routes and is very good at adjusting to the ball in the air. He has good size and enough speed to have success in the NFL. He would challenge for the 4th wide receiver slot with the Bengals. Round 6 - 211th overall pick - Ethan Greenidge - Offensive Tackle - Villanova At only 6-4 Greenidge is a bit undersized for a tackle and comes from a smaller school in Villanova. These are the negatives, but there are a lot of positives on his film. He is a people mover who gets some serious push in the run game. Round 6 - 213th overall pick - Damian Prince - Offensive Guard - MarylandPrince is a big strong guy who can get movement in the run game. He is also a good athlete for a 320 pounderand effective pulling. He could compete for a position and perhaps develop into a starter with time. Round 7 - 223rd overall pick - Bruce Anderson - Running Back - North Dakota StateAnderson was very productive for the North Dakota State Bison over the last couple of seasons. He showed at the Senior Bowl that he can compete with the big boys as both a rusher and a receiver out of the backfield. Anderson could replace Mark Walton as the Bengals third-string running back.Overall Needs FilledIn this draft the Bengals got the help they need at the linebacker position adding two potential starters in Bush and Pratt. Waiting as long as they did to take an offensive tackle will hurt though, The Bengals’ lack of depth at the position is bound to catch up with them if they don’t add a tackle in the first four rounds.Which draft would you prefer the Bengals try to emulate? Zac Taylor and the Bengals coaches could hardly hold their excitement in when talking about their first pick of a new era of Bengals’ football."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections #BITESIZEFilm RoomRoster Transactions and ContractsOrange & Black InsiderSalary Cap And CBAZac Taylor thinks Jonah Williams’ ‘tape speaks for itself’Zac Taylor and the Bengals coaches could hardly hold their excitement in when talking about their first pick of a new era of Bengals’ football.EDTShareTweetShareShareZac Taylor thinks Jonah Williams’ ‘tape speaks for itself’Kirby Lee-USA TODAY SportsThe Bengals added offensive lineman Jonah Williams out of Alabama with the 11th overall selection. It was surprising that the Bengals ended up having their pick of offensive tackles after the top 10, but head coach Zac Taylor and the Bengals feel like they got a good one in Williams.“We’re very excited. We thought highly of Jonah ever since this process started — starting at the combine from the first interview Ryan Finley Jersey 2019 ,” Taylor told reporters after the pick. “Obviously his tape speaks for itself, so it’s a really exciting addition to our offense and to our offensive line room. High football IQ, great football character, the game means to much to him, and that’s the type of player we’re looking to add to this team...“Let’s get him in the building and get it all sorted out with these linemen, but we do have a great plan in place. He’s a guy that we were really excited about. He fell to us, quite frankly. So we felt like it really worked out in our favor.”Williams certainly does provide a question mark as far as what position along the offensive line he will end up playing this season. Initial thoughts would make you think he would be the starting right tackle, but Taylor doesn’t want to rule anything out.“He’s played three years in the best conference in all of (college) football,” Taylor said “He’s done a great job at left tackle for them. Certainly he can play guard. He has great flexibility here, so he enables us to get our five best linemen on the field. So we’re excited to get him into the mix...[Left tackle is] his most natural position, and he’s done a great job there. Again Color Rush Ryan Finley Jersey , he gives us a lot of flexibility coming into this building.”Whether Williams comes in and starts at left tackle Week 1 for Cincinnati remains to be seen. We know that the Bengals at least have their future left tackle on the roster for whenever they feel Cordy Glenn isn’t playing to their standards.Character was another common theme during the press conference, and that was one of Taylor’s main messages when he joined the Bengals.“Out of all the positions in any sport, I think chemistry in the offensive line rooms is one of the biggest — especially on football teams,” offensive line coach Jim Turner told reporters. “That chemistry in that room is a big part of the success or failure of that offense. The head coach (Zac Taylor) made a great point in our draft meetings about this young man that we just drafted — Jonah Williams — and what he can bring to the table, and I felt the same thing. All we kept coming back to was his character.”It is always great to get a player who will likely be around for a very long time (Williams only turned 21-years-old in November) who seems like he could have a huge leadership role going into the next era of Bengals’ football.What held Williams back from likely being a lock to go in the top 10 picks was his size and athleticism. Many critiqued his short arms, which seems to be a common indicator of how easy of a time offensive lineman can play tackle in the NFL. Some even deemed Williams a guard at the NFL level. The Bengals don’t share those concerns.“A phenomenal athlete. When we went to work him out down there at Alabama... The thing you’ve got to remember is he blocks everybody in the SEC,” Turner said. “So you always go back to these little pieces on players, and you’re like, ‘Well, this isn’t good. This isn’t good physically.’ But then when you watch the tape, if he blocks all the best players in the country that are getting picked in the first round Cheap Ryan Finley Jersey , he’s a first round pick, and he’s going to be able to do it at this level. Again, we’re very excited. He played at Alabama, so not only is he blocking everybody in the SEC, he blocks everybody in practices, and practices against some of the best players in the country every day. So, it’s a big part of why he is the polished player that he is.”It is clear Cincinnati views Williams as a high character guy who has a very long and bright future in this league. His versatility means he should see the field early, but it is obvious that he is destined to end up on the left side of the offensive line. As far as the Steelers possibly taking away the Bengals top target at the time at pick No. 10, Taylor left little doubt if the team was disappointed when asked what the mood was when Pittsburgh moved up.“That Jonah Williams is right there at 11 (laughs).”

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