If you’re an ESPN Insider like myself you’ll see that Mel Kiper released his Mock 2.0 today. Here’s where he stands on the Bengals 2 first round picks:
17. Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama
“The Bengals held up pretty well against the pass last year, but should look for the heir to Johnathan Joseph, whom they lost to Houston before the 2011 season. Kirkpatrick fits the bill as a big, physical corner who doesn’t give up much in coverage given his size (nearly 6-foot-3), which makes him particularly good inside the red zone. He’s also not one to shy away from run support. The Bengals need a running back, too, but they can find value at that position much later. Glenn is also an option if the Jets don’t make that pick.”
This is the pick that had me screaming for joy.
21. David DeCastro, G, Stanford
“I have guard as one of the top needs for the Bengals, and they won’t do any better than DeCastro at this spot. A player who plays with exceptional awareness, DeCastro is the kind of guard who helps you crack off bigger gains in the run and screen game because he gets a great initial punch, but will also get to the second level and throw great blocks out in space. Again, I don’t think Cincy gets enough value here at running back, but DeCastro helps the run game, too.”
I would absolutely LOVE it if the Bengals were to land DeCastro. Since he declared for the draft I have been dreaming of the Bengals selecting him. NOW, the chances of DeCastro being at 21 are NOT likely I don’t think, but you never know. Eric Steinbach was supposed to be a first rounder and he slipped.
How great would these two picks be for the Bengals? Let’s hope it happens!