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Cincinnati Bengals Mock Draft 2024 (3.0 & Final)

Cincinnati Bengals

The Cincinnati Bengals finished the season 9-8. Good enough to make the playoffs in the NFC but it gets you a last-place finish in the AFC South.

What can they do to get this team back to the Super Bowl? First, we have to look at their biggest needs.

Cincinnati Bengals Mock Draft 2024 (2.0)

Team Needs

D.J. Reader left in free agency so the Bengals have a huge hole at nose tackle. They added Sheldon Rankins but he is more of a pass rusher than a run stuffer. 

Cornerback is a sneaky need. The Cincinnati Bengals still need to add athleticism at tight end. Despite the signing of Mike Gesicki.

And then there is the right tackle position. The Bengals currently have a pair of condominiums at the tackle position with Orlando Brown Jr. and Trent Brown. The latter Brown is on a one-year deal. Cordell Volson is still the weak link on the offensive line at left guard. Could they add a pick there?

And then the elephant in the room is the franchised tagged WR Tee Higgins. Will they move him or let him play out the one-year, $21 million tag?

The Picks

We will use the current draft order from the simulator created by our good friends over at Mock Draft Database.

The Cincinnati Bengals received two comp picks for the 2024 NFL Draft, including a third-round selection. They have ten picks total, including two comp picks (3rd and 6th), and an extra seven from the Joe Mixon trade.

1-18: Brock Bowers, TE, Georgia

Brock Bowers is indisputably TE1 in this class. He is a YAC machine, a menace in the open field, and a red-zone monster. Bowers only red flag is he didn’t test. This may be just the thing that slips him to 18. If Byron Murphy or Johnny Newton are there I am sure the Bengals will consider it. But giving this kind of weapon to Joe Burrow would be amazing. Bowers would give another wrinkle to Zac Taylor and help ease the loss of Tyler Boyd.

2-49: Jordan Morgan, OT, Arizona

Morgan is a versatile offensive lineman. He started 37 out of 41 games at left tackle for Arizona. His arm length makes some people think he will have to kick inside (32 7/8″). The Cincinnati Bengals may view him there. If so, he would upgrade over Cordell Volson. I would let him try to play right tackle first before I gave up and moved him inside.

3-80: Kris Abrams-Draine, CB, Missouri

Abrams-Draine has some of the best ball skills in this class. He has 40 career PBUs and 7 career picks. KAD is a great athlete with decent arm length. He has starter upside on the outside or could be the eventual replacement for Mike Hilton.

3-97: Javon Baker, WR, UCF

The odds are high that the Bengals will add another wide receiver in this class. Perhaps earlier than this. After drafting Andrei Iosiavas (decent results) and Charlie Jones (not a lot) in 2023, they could stand to get better. Baker averaged 21.9 yards per catch for UCF this year. At 6’1″ and 202 pounds, he ran a 4.54 forty at the combine.

4-115: McKinnley Jackson, DL, Texas A&M

Jackson is a former 5* recruit out of high school who never really lived up to the hype. Jackson would be in the nose tackle role for the Bengals. Hopefully with better success than Tyler Shelvin.

5-149: DeWayne Carter, DL, Duke

Carter had a much better 2022 than 2023. He gives you some pass rush on the interior and would be a solid depth piece.

6-194: Sataoa Laumea, IOL, Utah

Laumea had a good week at the Senior Bowl and is capable of backing up four offensive line spots.

6-214: Brennan Jackson, EDGE, Washington State

Jackson popped to me three years ago and has only gotten more productive from there. The Bengals can use the depth on the edge as their top pass rushers are getting older and/or are unproven.

7-224: Braden McGregor, EDGE, Michigan

Why not double-dip on the edge? McGregor is a lottery ticket type of draft pick.

7-237: Isaiah Davis, RB, South Dakota State

Davis was a four-year starter for the top FCS program. He rushed for over 4500 yards and had 51 career TDs. Davis would compete for the 4th RB spot with Chris Evans.

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