James Rapien

James Rapien

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Mock Draft 3.0: The win-now edition

This is the first mock draft I've done since the Bengals traded for Cordy Glenn. I believe they could do all sorts of things with the 21st overall pick. That includes trading back, selecting a cornerback, linebacker and safety. With that said, the Bengals would be ecstatic to add to their offensive line and they do so early in mock draft 3.0. Here's who I think the Bengals would select in the first four rounds if the NFL Draft were happening today: 

Isaiah Wynn, G, Georgia – Wynn is the best player available AND he fills a need. The Bengals love drafting former Georgia players. Wynn can come in and instantly start at guard. He may be able to play right tackle as well – he played both in college. He's athletic, which will help ease concerns with his size. I think the Bengals would love to land Wynn here. I discussed Wynn with Joe Goodberry. Listen to that conversation here

Billy Price, C, Ohio State – Price might be the most famous center in Bengals draft history. The former Buckeye tore his pec at the combine, but he's expected to be 100 percent healthy for training camp. He gives new offensive line coach Frank Pollack a stud center to build around. IF this were to come to fruition, the Bengals will have turned the No. 12 and No. 46 picks into starters at left tackle, center and guard – Glenn, Price and Wynn. Day two of the draft gets off to a great start with the Bengals filling their biggest need. Solomon Tentman wrote about Price in his latest prospect spotlight – this is good insight on what Price can be in the NFL. 

Derrick Nnadi, DL, Florida State – The Bengals continue to add to the trenches. Nnadi will join a platoon next to Geno Atkins. He can help rush the passer and will push young players like Ryan Glasgow and Andrew Billings for snaps. The Bengals are clearly interested in adding defensive line help. Nnadi gives them a young player who should be able to contribute as a rookie.

Chad Thomas, Edge, Miami – The Bengals added to their pass rush last year, but they don't want to stop there. Thomas is big, athletic and can get to the quarterback. Thomas will need some time to develop, but the Bengals haven't shied away from drafting defensive linemen who need time to grow. Thomas can learn from Carlos Dunlap, Carl Lawson, Jordan Willis and company. I could see Thomas being picked in round two, so the Bengals are happy to land him with the last pick of the third round. Watch Thomas' combine workout below.

Antonio Callaway, WR, Florida – The Bengals aren't afraid to take chances on players who have off-the-field issues. Some believe Callaway would be a first round pick if he didn't have the character questions. He would contribute right away on special teams as a returner and could give their offense another playmaker. I'm not saying he will have a Tyreek Hill impact for the Bengals, but I do think he will be on their board. I could definitely see them taking Callaway with their first pick on day three. Watch some of his highlights below.

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