All of the writers in the Sports Media 101 network completed a mock draft earlier this month with each beat writer drafting for his team. In the case of teams not yet covered with the network, we drafted some writers from other beats to make their picks.
Here is a list of the picks that were made before Bengals 101 went on the clock with the 17th pick. For a detailed explanation and analysis of the pick, go to our On The Clock 101 site which is chronicling each pick.
Colts-Andrew Luck, QB-Stanford
Redskins-Robert Griffin III, QB-Baylor
Vikings-Morris Claiborne, CB-LSU
Browns-Justin Blackmon, WR-Oklahoma St.
Buccaneers-Matt Kallil, OT-USC
Rams-Michael Floyd, WR-Notre Dame
Jaguars-Melvin Ingram, DE-South Carolina
Dolphins-Ryan Tannehill, QB-Texas A&M
Panthers-Quinton Coples, DE-North Carolina
Bills-Reilly Reiff, OT-Iowa
Chiefs-Dontari Poe, DT-Memphis
Seahawks-Courtney Upshaw, LB-Alabama
Cardinals-Jonathan Martin, OT-Stanford
Cowboys-Dre Kirkpatrick, CB-Alabama
Eagles-Cordy Glenn, G-Georgia
Jets-Trent Richardson, RB-Alabama
Bengals 101 selected David DeCastro, making him the third Stanford player drafted thus far. DeCastro is the best prospect at guard since the Seahawks drafted Steve Hutchinson out of Michigan with the 17th pick of the 2001 draft. Hutchinson has gone on to play in seven Pro Bowls with the Seahawks and Vikings and signed this season with the Tennessee Titans. If DeCastro has a similar career arc, it would be a boon to a building young team who had problems running between the tackles last season. Teaming the young DeCastro with veteran free agent acquisition Travelle Wharton would represent the biggest upgrade on the roster.
DeCastro was number one on our board after Dre Kirkpatrick went to Dallas. We considered cornerback Stephon Gilmore and safety Mark Barron, but ultimately went with both the highest rated player on our board and the position of greatest need.Tags: Cincinnati, Cincinnati Bengals, David DeCastro, Football, NFL