The Cincinnati Bengals are fairly set on what they're after with their two first round draft picks. They would like to grab an interior lineman and most likely a cornerback with those two selections. A lot can happen before the Bengals make their first pick at 17, however, which is one reason the team has arranged meetings with several players who most think will be gone way before the Bengals make their first choice.
Michael Floyd will be visiting the Bengals this week. The former Notre Dame receiver is projected in almost every mock draft as being the second wide receiver taken behind Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon. At 6'3" Floyd would give Andy Dalton a bookend threat opposite AJ Green that would be too much for the Bengals to pass up if he remains on the board at 17.
Defensive ends Melvin Ingram from South Carolina and Quinton Coples from North Carolina are also possible draft day sliders. Ingram is a terror off the edge, but some question his size at only 6'1" and whether his arms are long enough to do battle with NFL tackles. Ingram recorded 21.5 sacks during his time at South Carolina. Coples was once projected in the top five, but questions about his work ethic while at Carolina have surfaced causing him to drop on most boards.
Linebacker Luke Kuechly from St. X and Boston College is projected in most mocks to be a top 10 selection. In our SM 101 mock draft, however, which we'll be publishing soon, he fell to the Bengals at 17. With Rey Maualuga's off the field issues, the Bengals would jump at the chance to draft the local product at middle linebacker.
Alabama safety Mark Barron was once considered a second round choice, but has quickly risen. The Bengals like the future with Taylor Mays, but if the hard-hitting Barron is available, expect the Bengals to make him the safety they'll unquestionably take somewhere with the departure of Chris Crocker.
It's a good bet that the Bengals will take a guard and a cornerback with their two first rounders. But if the teams ahead of them start to break pattern, as often happens in the NFL Draft, don't be surprised if a gem drops right in their laps.Tags: Cincinnati, Cincinnati Bengals, Football, Melvin Ingram, Michael Floyd, NFL, nfl draft, Quinton Coples