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2012 Daily Norseman Community Mock Draft - Cincinnati Bengals

We're officially heading downhill in our 2012 mock draft! Once again, here comes Mock Roger Goodell with the pick:

"With the 16th pick in the 2012 Daily Norseman Community Mock Draft, the New York Jets select..."

[Mock Jets fans reflexively start booing before the pick is even announced]

"...Melvin Ingram, defensive end from South Carolina."

The Jets might have got a steal here thanks to your voting. Ingram is going earlier than #16 in a lot of mock drafts and he would be a very good fit in Rex Ryan's 3-4 defense. Here's how the draft has broken down through the halfway point of the first round:

  1. Indianapolis Colts - Andrew Luck, QB Stanford
  2. Washington Redskins - Robert Griffin III, QB Baylor
  3. Minnesota Vikings - Matt Kalil, OT USC
  4. Cleveland Browns - Trent Richardson, RB Alabama
  5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Morris Claiborne, CB LSU
  6. St. Louis Rams - Justin Blackmon, WR Oklahoma State
  7. Jacksonville Jaguars - Michael Floyd, WR Notre Dame
  8. Miami Dolphins - Ryan Tannehill, QB Texas A&M
  9. Carolina Panthers - Quinton Coples, DE North Carolina
  10. Buffalo Bills - Riley Reiff, OT Iowa
  11. Kansas City Chiefs - David DeCastro, OG Stanford
  12. Seattle Seahawks - Luke Kuechly, LB Boston College
  13. Arizona Cardinals - Jonathan Martin, OT Stanford
  14. Dallas Cowboys - Dre Kirkpatrick, CB Alabama
  15. Philadelphia Eagles - Fletcher Cox, DT Mississippi State
  16. New York Jets - Melvin Ingram, DE South Carolina

Up next on the clock: the Cincinnati Bengals. Cincy was very middle-of-the-road last year--in fact, they were 9-0 against teams that didn't make the playoffs and 0-8 against teams that did (including their 31-10 thumping at the hands of the Houston Texans in the Wild Card round). So who should they add in the draft to get over the hump?

The Bengals' secondary was one of their greatest strengths just a couple years ago, but they've struggled lately. Leon Hall probably won't be read until next year. Pacman Jones is more punchline than player at this point of his career. The free agents they just signed (Jason Allen and Terence Newman) could help but they aren't exactly All-Pro corners either. If Cincinnati wants to bolster this position they could look at Janoris Jenkins or Stephon Gilmore. (Jenkins has had lots of off the field troubles, but when has that ever stopped the Bengals?) The team could also use some depth at safety--they re-signed Reggie Nelson but they could probably use an upgrade over Chris Crocker. Harrison Smith would probably be the only available safety worth taking at this point in the draft.

Cincinnati has been pretty busy this offseason in free agency and re-signing players, but they could still use depth in a lot of areas. Jerome Simpson can't seem to stay out of trouble, so a wide receiver like Kendall Wright or Stephen Hill could be in play. The Bengals could use depth along the defensive line, and two top prospects are still available here--Dontari Poe and Michael Brockers. Or since they don't have a ton of glaring holes, perhaps the Bengals simply go with the best player available--according to Mel Kiper's Big Board, the next player we haven't mentioned already would be Courtney Upshaw.

Once again, the decision is yours. Be sure to check out the draft profile videos for each option below.

Janoris Jenkins

Stephon Gilmore

Harrison Smith

Kendall Wright

Stephen Hill

Dontari Poe

Michael Brockers

Courtney Upshaw