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The Official Patternmaster 2017 Mock Draft v.1.0.

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Gather round boys and girls, it's the moment you've all been waiting for with baited breath, my mock draft. I know the interwebz has been ablaze with anticipation and wonder as to who will I pick for my beloved and beleaguered Bengals...well the time is here.

1. Derek Barnett - DE/Tennessee

The guy is a beast and probably the best pure pass rushers in the NFL, he broke Reggie White's sack record, and had 3 consecutive seasons with double digit sacks in the most competitive conference in CFB. Barnett can come in a be a pass rush specialist that play on passing downs early in his career as he gives a guy like MJ a breather and helps keep him fresh. I don't know if will be available at #9, but if so I would hope the Bengals wouldn't take long to call his name for the this pick. 

Other picks: Leonard Fournette - RB/LSU, Haason Reddick - SLB/Temple, Mike Williams - WR/Clemson, Taco Charlton - DE/Michigan

2. Pat Elflein - C/OG/tOSU

Elflein is a former wrestler that understands leverage, plays with good technique, and is a noted locker room leader. With the struggles of the young offensive line players on this team in recent history I think Elflein could be a steadying force and help these younger guys take their game to the next level. He could easily go in the late first round as their are several teams that need a quality OG or Center and he is one of the best prospects in the draft at that position.

Other picks: Dorian Johnson - OG/ Pittsburgh, Dion Dawkins - OT/OG/Temple, Joe Mixon RB/Oklahoma, Taylor Moton OT/OG - Western Michigan

3. Dalvin Tomlinson - DT/Alabama

Tomlinson is also a former wrestler(I love linemen with a wrestling background that have good technique) and is probably the most underrated player in the draft by some. I doubt he makes it this far in the draft but if so I would hope the Bengals would select him at this point. Tomlinson is used to doing the dirty work in the trenches and would be an excellent compliment to the guys already on the roster. 

Other picks: Zay Jones -WR/ECU, Antonio Garcia - OT/Troy, Tyler Orlovsky - C/WVU, Adam Bisnowaty - OG/Pitt, Jake Butt - TE/Michigan, Samaje Perine - RB/Oklahoma

4. Tanoh Kpassagnon - DE/Villanova

Tanoh is a physical freak that exploded onto the national scene this season with some impressive numbers, however the level of competition an inferior coaching he received has hurt his draft stock. He performed well at the Senior Bowl and is a very smart guy(Accounting and Finance double major, PwC intern) so with some good coaching and hard work he could improve dramatically from his current state. He's compared to Margus Hunt and I think everyone agrees Hunt was drafted too early, going in the fourth round seem like a good spot for this guy but he could go much higher based on this athletic ability and "potential".

Other picks: Kevin King - CB/UW, Montravius Adams - DT/Auburn, Tyus Bowser - OLB/Houston, Stevie Tu'ikolovatu DT/USC, Derek Rivers - SLB/Youngstown St. 

4. Josh Harvey-Clemons - S/Louisville

A guy that would be a 1st or 2nd round pick if not for the off the field issues, this guy loves the ganja. If he can keep his urine clean and refine his game he could be an All-Pro player. At 6'4" 220lbs he can run and hit like Cam Chancellor, he can also cover TE's and RB's in the flat. Could be the steal of the draft if he can get it together off the field and focus on his career in the NFL instead of being a pothead. Originally Josh was a 5 star recruit for the Georgia Bulldog but was dismissed after 3 failed drug test and wound up in Louisville in 2015. He had a good career at Louisville. Clemons had good career at Louisville and has not had an incident since he left UGA, he could definitely go higher in the draft if he can convinced teams he's a changed man and his weed smoking days are behind him, which they seem to be. 

5.Malachi Dupre - WR/LSU

Dupre would be a higher pick if he had better QB play and Leonard Fournette was on the roster as he's a talent WR that can use his height and speed to make big plays down the field. He was a 5 star recruit coming out of college and was a track and field state champ. Dupre needs work refining his routes but he could come in and be a 4th round pick that can stretch the field and be a red zone threat with his superior jumping abilities. 

Other picks: Josh Malone, WR/Tennesse

5. James Conner RB/Pittsburgh

Conner is a big, physical back that is bff's with last years 2nd round pick Tyler Boyd. These two could be a dynamic duo for the Bengals thru the next 5 years as Conner has the ability to be an every down back at his size. In 2014 Conner had an awesome year putting up over 1,700 yards and 26 TD's, but was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2015 and was out the whole year. He returned to the field in 2016 to put up over 1,000 yds and 16 tds, while getting a clean bill of health before the combine. He's physically and mentally strong, someone you want to have on your side a pressure situation and his bruising style will wear down defenses and allow him to break long runs as the game wears on.

Other picks:Bryan Cox Jr. - DE/UF, Jordan Morgan - OG/Kutztown

6. Donnel Pumphrey -  RB /San Diego State

The all-time rushing leader in NCAA history will have a hard time carving out a niche` role in the NFL, but he offers some value as a return specialist and COP back. Pumphrey's biggest issues is his weight, at 180 lbs soaking wet he's not going stand up in pass protection and can't carry the ball 20-30 times a game for an entire season. However he has a big spirit and is willing to run between the tackles to get the tough yards. He also knows how to use his small frame to his advantage as he is very adapt at getting small and exploiting small cracks in the line to burst through for big gains while avoiding big hits. If he could add 15-20 lbs of muscle in the next year or two and keep his speed and elusiveness he could be a dynamic RB in the NFL, but that is a big if. 

6. Zane Gonzalez - PK/Arizona State

I'm sure Marvin Lewis knows all about this guy with his ASU connections and it's no secret that the Bengals need a steady kicker to help this team win close games after the Nugent meltdown of 2016. Gonzalez is the most accurate kicker in FBS history and hit an impressive 7 of 9 from 50 yds or more. He also has a 75% touchback rate on his kickoffs, the boy is a kicking machine.  Justin Tucker is a weapon for the Ravens and Gonzalez could be our answer. 

7. Jalen Reeves-Maybin - LB/Tennessee

Reeves-Maybin is a cover LB that come in play ST while he learns the defense and adds strength. He could have redshirted last year and return for another season after a shoulder injury cut his season short, but he was very productive in his sophomore and junior seasons posting over 100 tackles in consecutive years. If he was healthy he would be drafted higher but he could end up being a productive pro because of his athletic ability and coverage skills. 

7. Sean Harlow - OG/C - Oregon State

Harlow is the son of a former first round pick that played OT in the NFL, so he has the bloodlines but he's not as good an athlete as his old man. Harlow played OT in college but will have to play inside because he lacks the foot speed, arm length, and overall athletic ability to be an OT in the NFL. He could be a backup swing player that can play OG or C in a pinch. 

 

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I like a lot of those picks, but I don't see Dupre lasting until 5.  And I still think Tanoh won't amount to much here.

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On 3/20/2017 at 7:30 PM, Jason said:

I like a lot of those picks, but I don't see Dupre lasting until 5.  And I still think Tanoh won't amount to much here.

Dupre could definitely go earlier, his teammate Dural would be a good pick. I really like Josh Malone as well, good size and speed combo.

Tanoh is going to be a good pro, he just needs some good coaching to help refine his technique.

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6 hours ago, PatternMaster said:

Dupre could definitely go earlier, his teammate Dural would be a good pick. I really like Josh Malone as well, good size and speed combo.

Tanoh is going to be a good pro, he just needs some good coaching to help refine his technique.

Like I said, he won't be a good pro here. When is the last time this team turned a project into a player?

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10 hours ago, Jason said:

Like I said, he won't be a good pro here. When is the last time this team turned a project into a player?

This is a hard to answer question, mainly because the definition of project is very subjective. Some may considered Andy Dalton to be a project, he was far from a sure thing when he was drafted in the 2nd round. Marvin Jones was a 5th round pick that has turned into a solid pro player. Reggie Nelson was a former first round pick that was traded for a 7th rounder and blossomed here, going to multiple Pro Bowls. Geno Atkins and Carlos Dunlaps weren't first round picks, they could be considered projects by some talent evaluators but they have been developed into some of the best players at their respective positions. 

I don't think it has as much to do with the coaches as it does the player, the coaches can't make guys stay late and get to work early to improve their craft. Tanoh seems to have the capacity to learn and the work ethic to improve, I feel confident our current coaching staff can help him get better. Physically he's able to play in the NFL, he has the size and speed needed to compete it's just his fundamentals that need refining. 

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6 hours ago, PatternMaster said:

This is a hard to answer question, mainly because the definition of project is very subjective. Some may considered Andy Dalton to be a project, he was far from a sure thing when he was drafted in the 2nd round. Marvin Jones was a 5th round pick that has turned into a solid pro player. Reggie Nelson was a former first round pick that was traded for a 7th rounder and blossomed here, going to multiple Pro Bowls. Geno Atkins and Carlos Dunlaps were first round picks, they could be considered projects by some talent evaluators but they have been developed into some of the best players at their respective positions. 

I don't think it has as much to do with the coaches as it does the player, the coaches can't make guys stay late and get to work early to improve their craft. Tanoh seems to have the capacity to learn and the work ethic to improve, I feel confident our current coaching staff can help him get better. Physically he's able to play in the NFL, he has the size and speed needed to compete it's just his fundamentals that need refining. 

FWIW, Geno went in the 4th round, Dunlap in the 2nd.

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45 minutes ago, SooneraBengal said:

FWIW, Geno went in the 4th round, Dunlap in the 2nd.

I meant to say weren't.

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