The Other Mock Draft

T-minus less than 24 hours to liftoff! For Infinity War, that is. Oh, yeah, and the NFL Draft. I guess that’s happening, too. Both have been highly anticipated. On one hand, Marvel has been building up to Infinity War for pretty much a decade; while on the other hand the football players about to be picked on to professional teams have been working to this point for at least twice that. We’re taking a look at the kids about to get paid to play football, tonight.I’m getting ready to start a podcast with my pal, Pat, and we decided on a friendly wager. Each of us will give our predictions on what players will be selected with the first ten picks of the draft, as well as who we think the Bengals will pick. The winner gets his lunch paid for on a day TDB…or is it TBD…went Michael Scott there for a sec. So the points go down like this: one point for a correct pick and two points for the correct Bengals pick. We don’t have to pick trades correctly, so if, for example, Pat says the Browns will pick Saquon Barkley with their fourth pick, but then the Browns trade the pick and the new team, let’s say the Saints, come in and pick Barkley, then Pat still gets a point. Figuring out how teams value players is hard enough, predicting if they will trade a pick is next to impossible…That being said, Pat felt frisky and went for it! See his picks below:1. Browns- QB Sam Darnold (USC)2. Giants- DE Bradley Chubb (N.C. State)3. Jets- QB Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma)4. Browns- RB Saquon Barkley (Penn State)5. Broncos- QB Josh Allen (Wyoming) (via trade)6. Colts- QB Josh Rosen (UCLA) (via trade)7. Buccaneers- OG Quenton Nelson (Notre Dame)8. Bears- CB Denzel Ward (Ohio State)9. 49’ers- LB Roquan Smith (Georgia)10. Raiders- S Derwin James (Florida State)21. Bengals- G/C James Daniels (Iowa) Makes too much sense to not happen unless he is picked up priorSee there? Pat is going for the jugular. Calling someone trading into the fifth spot to take Josh Allen and another team trading into the sixth spot to take Rosen! Rumor has it the Bills are really trying hard to trade up from their 12th spot in the first round, and if Josh Allen is available, that’s probably true. I’d be interested to see if the Colts do trade their pick. Given Pat’s mock, with Quenton Nelson available, it’d be interesting to see if they pass on him for more picks, overall. Funny thing is, Pat and I differ on almost every pick, except two. Check out mine:1.       Josh Allen – QB (Browns)

2.       Quentin Nelson – OL (Giants)

3.       Sam Darnold – QB (Jets)

4.       Bradley Chubb – DE (Browns)

5.       Baker Mayfield – QB (Broncos)

6.       Saquon Barkley – RB (Colts)

7.       Derwin James – S (Bucs)

8.       Denzel Ward – CB (Bears)

9.       Roquan Smith – LB (Niners)

10.   Vita Vea – DT (Raiders)

 

21. Frank Ragnow – C (Bengals)

Both of us having Ward go eighth and Smith go ninth. Was not expecting that. I did not mention trades in my mock, because Pat is a little more ballsy on that front, but to reiterate, as long as the player goes in the spot that is picked, the point is awarded.

Ive got the benefit of being the author, here, so I can talk about my picks. Firstly, there’s nothing fancy here. I’ve done some reading and watched some TV on the subject of the draft, and I have a grasp on who’s good and what teams need, then I mix in a little gut feeling and wa-la! These will probably be wrong anyway.

We both agree on what the Bengals are thinking, we just differ on the name. I’ll be dead honest, I think Ragnow because I want a Ragnow jersey. That way, ever time I wear it, I will imagine Ragnar from the show “Vikings.” Real expert analysis there, I know.

At any rate, enjoy your Thursday. Whether it be Infinity War day or Day One of the NFL Draft day, make it a good one. As for me, I’ll be at the theater to see the Avengers take on Thanos!

The Bengals 2018 Draft: The Kyle Mock

Heeee’s back! Kyle is going to take a stab at the Bengals first two days in the draft. Without further ado, take it away, Kyle!

Since the end of last season I have reviewed countless mock drafts. I have paid attention to the coverage from draft experts Kiper and McShay. Now I’m taking a crack at my own mock draft but at a micro level. I will only be giving my best guess as to who I think the Bengals will look to acquire in rounds 1 and 2. Based off of team need I will project what position the Bengals will draft with their remaining picks.

Bengals Picks:

1st round – pick #21

2nd round – pick #46

3rd round – pick #77 and #100

4th round – pick #112

5th round – pick #151, #158 and #170

6th round – no picks

7th round – pick #249, #252 and #253

In round 1 I have seen mocks that have the Bengals taking James Daniels (C – Iowa), Isaiah Wynn (G – Georgia), Billy Price (C – Ohio State), Rashaan Evans (OLB – Alabama), Lamar Jackson (QB – Louisville), Will Hernandez (G – Texas-El Paso), Mike McGlinchey (OT – Notre Dame) and Calvin Ridley (WR – Alabama) amongst others. The consensus seems to be that the Bengals will draft the best OL available with their first pick. With the addition of Cordy Glenn and new offensive line coach Frank Pollack, I could see the Bengals holding off until the 2nd round to draft an offensive lineman.

The Pick: Rashaan Evans – OLB – Alabama

I like the pick here because it addresses an area of concern and brings in a highly talented Alabama OLB prospect. The thought of Burfict on the strong side, newly added Preston Brown in the middle and Evans on the weak side should make all Bengals fans wishing this happens. Outside of Burfict the LB position has been a major issue the past few seasons. Evans has the speed to actually cover and track plays sideline to sideline. It would also be nice to see some sacks from the OLB position and the speed of Evans will help.

Surprise Pick: Lamar Jackson – QB – Louisville

This is so unlike the Bengals to make this move but it makes sense. Dalton has had a decent career and should still be a starter in the NFL. Unfortunately though it seems that he has taken Cincinnati as far as he can. A fresh start elsewhere should benefit him. Queue Jackson, he can come in and push Dalton in training camp and take the time to learn this year behind Dalton. It’s possible that if Dalton continues to struggle that Jackson could get significant playing time early on. Pairing Jackson with Green, Gio, Mixon, Eifert, and maybe John Ross (needs a lot of work) would make the Bengals offense extremely fun to watch.

In round 2 I believe that either Frank Ragnow (C – Arkansas), Billy Price (C- Ohio State), Isaiah Wynn (G – Georgia), Will Hernandez (G – Texas-El Paso) or Connor Williams (G – Texas) will be available. If only 1 player remains in close proximity to pick #46 look for the Bengals to package a few picks in an attempt to move up.

The Pick: Connor Williams – G/T – Texas

I would like to see Price or Ragnow fall to us here but I don’t think it will happen. Connor Williams is entering the draft after his junior year. He played LT while at Texas but is being projected to start at guard in the NFL. Williams fits the mold with what the Bengals traditionally look for in their OL. He has the ability to move all over the line and is a great run blocker.

Surprise Pick: Billy Price – C – Ohio State

The surprise would be if Price was still available. He was a projected 1st rounder before his torn pec injury. At the time of this writing I am unaware of the how much time Price is expected to miss due to his injury.

3rd Round: The Bengals will probably go Safety and another offensive lineman

4th Round: They add depth and go defensive tackle

5th Round: The Bengals will look at adding depth at cornerback, o-lineman, and defensive end

7th Round: The Bengals will look to take flyers on the best remaining running back, wide receiver, and linebacker.

Some say the Bengals will be picking around 10-10:30 PM on Thursday. Who Dey?!

The Bengals Ahead of the Draft: Addition, Subtraction

The Draft is officially eight days away, so let’s talk some Bengals. Over the next week there will be a handful of writings and musings dealing with the Orange and Black.Today I’d like to introduce a guest poster to Frederick’s Folio: Kyle. This will be part one of a two-part piece that Kyle has written.

This has been the most exciting Bengals offseason in recent memory. In the next few paragraphs I will give a realistic fan view and breakdown of the offseason. I will try to keep my opinions as unbiased as possible.

In this first part, Kyle looks at who joined the Bengals, who left, and he gives an overall grade for the offseason, thus far.

Key Offseason Additions:

Cordy Glenn – LT – acquired via trade from Buffalo

Tyler Eifert – TE – retained FA

Preston Brown – MLB – signed FA

Matt Barkley – QB – signed FA

Chris Baker – DT – signed FA

Teryl Austin – Defensive Coordinator

Frank Pollack – Offensive Line Coach

Let’s start with the trade that brought us (when healthy) a top 15 starting LT in Cordy Glenn. Based off of team need and what was given up/exchanged in the trade I feel like the Bengals made a great deal. There are some concerns though as in the last few seasons Glenn has had some injury and durability issues. If Glenn can stay healthy and Ogbuehi can develop into a starting caliber RT, this line should move from the cellar to the top 10 in the NFL. Grade: A

I was happy that the Bengals were able to re-sign Tyler Eifert. When healthy he has the skills and ability to be an All-Pro. I believe the Bengals should only use Eifert in the red zone, on 3rd and longs, 4th downs and potential game winning drives in order to help keep him healthy for a whole season. I know that realistically this is a farfetched idea and they’re not paying close to $10 million this year to have him on a snap count. Grade: B

Preston Brown should help the defense tremendously. If you watched any Bengals game last year it was obvious that outside of Burfict, tackling was a major issue. Brown tied for the lead in tackles last year and has the most tackles by any player since joining the league in 2014. My concern with Brown is that I find myself wondering what kind of baggage he’s bringing. Based off of his production it’s fascinating that he wasn’t drawing more interest in the open market. Grade: B+

Matt Barkley brings some veteran experience with him but never lived up to his USC hype. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Barkley cut by the end of the preseason. Grade: C-

The Chris Baker signing could turn out to be a great under the radar signing if he can get back to the same form that he displayed in Washington. Or the rumors end up being true that he is now lazy and no longer able to play at a high level. The good news is that the Bengals could release him without taking a notable cap hit. Grade: C

I am extremely happy that the Bengals brought in a new defensive coordinator in Teryl Austin. Guenther’s play calling, decision making and scheme were overall terrible. He was never able to get the most of the skill players like Dunlap, Atkins and Burfict. Grade: B+

Frank Pollack might be the most underrated offseason acquisition by any team. He is the architect behind the dominant Dallas Cowboys offensive line of the past few years. I believe he will make Ogbuehi a starting caliber RT and groom a rookie C into a starter. Grade: A

Key Offseason Losses:

Adam Jones – CB – released

AJ McCarron – QB – signed with Buffalo

Jeremy Hill – RB – signed with New England

Russell Bodine – C – signed with Buffalo

Chris Smith – DE – signed with Cleveland

Adam Jones is a player that I still think can contribute to a team. His time in Cincinnati is up though due to the emergence of William Jackson. With Dennard having his best season in 2017 and the Bengals singing Kirkpatrick to a long term deal, the writing was on the wall for “Pacman”. Love him or hate him you can’t argue that Jones was a huge reason why the Bengals defense was able to play at such a high level for a few years. I think he would be best utilized in a defense that plays a lot of zone and he still has the ability to contribute on special teams. I like the fact that a hot head is now gone and we get younger at the position. Grade: B+

The AJ McCarron saga is one that perturbs many fans. A lot of people wanted AJ to get his shot while Dalton struggled heavily the last two seasons. As a Bengals fan the thing that makes me angry is the fact that McCarron walked in free agency without the Bengals getting some type of return on their investment. Clearly the coaching staff and front office weren’t committed to McCarron. In spite of this they weren’t able to get a trade done for a player that many teams considered to be a starter. Grade: F

In 2014, Jeremy Hill looked like he would be the franchise running back that the Bengals have been missing out on since Corey Dillon and to a lesser degree, Rudi Johnson (people easily forget how dominant Rudi was in 4 straight seasons from 2003-2006). Unfortunately Hill was never able to recapture his rookie season magic. He’s a player that I hope does well with his new team but I’m glad Cincinnati moved on from. Grade: B

Russell Bodine is a tough one to grade in terms of value to the Bengals. Many people considered him to be a weak link on the offensive line. Considering how poorly the line played as a whole in 2017, the fact that he was singled out as a weak link is really bad. PFF has Bodine ranked as the 25th best center in 2017 with an overall poor rating. Watching him over the past 4 seasons has always left something to be desired. He was serviceable but shouldn’t have been a regular starter. He did play in every game since being drafted and now the Bengals look to the draft or turn to the center that Bodine beat out to claim the starter spot. Grade: B+

Last year the Bengals made a trade with Jacksonville and brought in Chris Smith. Smith only had 3 sacks in 2017 but he was constantly collapsing the pocket and putting pressure on the QB. For the 2nd straight year Smith becomes the casualty of a deep depth chart at DE. The Bengals are going to give Lawson and Willis more reps and still have Dunlap and Johnson as starters. I personally would have liked to see the Bengals work out a 2 year deal with Smith and move on from Johnson. The worst part about this is the fact that the Bengals will now have to face Smith twice a year in the foreseeable future. Grade: C

Overall Offseason Grade: A-

David vs Nine Goliaths

They did it! One in the win column! Tyler Mahle led the Reds to a victory on, what many believe, should basically be considered Opening Day, since Monday was when the Findlay Market Parade happened. So, yeah, the Reds are undefeated in the last 24 hours.

Tonight will pose an interesting…okay, really tough…matchup to get two in a row. Tonight, the Cubs put Jon Lester on the mound while the Reds will counter with…Cody Reed.

Lopsided is the first word that comes to mind, and no, James Rapien, I do not mean in the favor of Mr. Reed. Cody has a tough hill to climb. In his two years with the Reds, Reed has faced the Cubs three times. He started all three games. From there it gets dicey.

The Cubs have scored 22 runs (18 earned) off Cody Reed. They are batting .391 against him and have clubbed seven homers. In the three starts Reed has had against the Cubbies he has not made it past the fifth inning and they haven’t scored less than seven runs. For any more maths, please refer to the table from baseball-reference.com below:

Yeah…not good. I know, it’s only three games, but it still isn’t good.

If it’s any consolation, though, the Reds aren’t terrible against Jon Lester.

It isn’t quite as good as the Cubs vs Cody Reed…but in my Cincinnati Reds heart, I’m thinking that Cody is due for a gem and Lester is reeling from his less than stellar start in Miami last Thursday. In fact, in his first start against the Reds last year Lester allowed five runs. Cincinnati also got nine runs on Lester in his third start against them in 2017. So with this first start against the Reds here in the 2018 season being an odd number start, look for the Reds to light it up!

Still, this will have to go down in the pantheon of terrible starting pitcher matchups.