Order has been restored here at the Community Mock.The BTB contingent has left the front offices of the Buffalo franchise pretty much in tact, with a wonderful present for the returning executives. Rumor has it that they had to forgo on the gentlemen's club trip because someone's significant other reads the blog and tweeted something about locks getting changed. Apparently, supporting college co-eds in their quest for higher learning is frowned upon in this establishment.
Cincinnati is now on the clock, and they have a myriad of needs. Fearful of another BTB takeover, the pick is already at the podium.
Selection: (CB) Patrick Peterson, LSU
Why The Pick: Not being a follower of the Bengals I looked at a few sources to get a better understanding of their needs. My primary source was visiting the Cincy Jungle here at SB Nation and a quick exchange of emails with Jason Garrison the Manager/Editor at Cincy Jungle. So with his help I narrowed down the needs to a few key positions.
The teams greatest needs are probably the QB and WR positions. With Carson Palmer desperately trying to get out of Cincinnati the Bengals will take a close look at both Cam Newton and Blaine Gabbert. Ultimately I believe neither QB is worthy of the 4th overall selection and will try to fill that need in the second round.
The WR position is also going to lose at least one big name maybe two. TO is most likely gone and Chad may or may not be re-signed. I probably would have taken A. J. Green with this pick if he was still available. I was really tempted to take Julio Jones with this pick but decided against it. The good news for the Bengals is that Jerome Simpson played very well at the end of this past season.
This takes us to the defensive side of the ball. It could be argued that they have needs in almost every position on the defense. However, when it came to crunch time, the best player on the board may be the best player in the draft and most likely the number one player on their board. The Bengals are thrilled that Patrick Peterson is still on the board. He fills a need at either Cornerback or Safety and allows the Bengals the freedom of deciding if they will resign Johnathan Joseph.
Follow the jump for analysis of the pick.
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
HIGH PRIORITY TEAM NEEDS (lower number indicates higher priority) according to Drafttek.com:
Threat Level Red (priority 1-2): Quarterback, Feature Wide Receiver, 4-3 Defensive Tackle, 4-3 Defensive End, Free Safety
Threat Level Orange (priority 3-4): Strong Safety, 4-3 Outside Linebacker, Offensive Guard, Change-Of-Pace (COP) Running Back, Left Tackle, Right Tackle
Threat Level Yellow (priority 5-6): Tight End, Slot Wide Receiver, Feature Running Back, Cornerback, 4-3 Middle Linebacker
Threat Level Blue (priority 7-8): None
Threat Level Green (priority 9): None
Drafttek.com #1 ranked overall, #1 at position
Wes Bunting, National Football Post, #2 overall, #1 at position
Impression: It's rare to find a cornerback at his size who can fluidly get out of his breaks and accelerate initially as well as he does. Has some technique flaws that are correctable and I expect him to overcome them and mature into one of the NFL's better corners.
CBSSports,com #1 overall, #1 at position
scout.com #3 overall, #1 at position
Read & React: Possesses good instincts for the position. Reads his man and will sneak a peek at the quarterback, showing the anticipation necessary to make the big play. Can get over-aggressive and bite on double-moves, though he shows good straight-line speed to recover and possesses excellent ball skills. Could come up more aggressively when he reads run, as he's content with allowing teammates to make the tackle, but isn't afraid to come up in run support when he has to.
Man Coverage: Rare fluidity and straight-line speed for a defender of his size. Quick feet and balance when backpedaling and when he switches to a side shuffle technique. Rarely uses his hands to jam the receiver, opting instead simply to turn and run with his opponent. Will occasionally misjudge the speed of his opponent when in off-man coverage, allowing the receiver to eat up too much of the cushion. Easily flips his hips and shows very good burst out of his breaks (especially considering his size) to mirror the receiver. Good acceleration and has a burst to close. Good route-recognition. Good body lean and use of the sideline to ride wideouts out of bounds. Excellent size, overall physicality and competitiveness for jump-ball situations. Times his leaps well and can high-point the ball due to excellent hand-eye coordination.
Zone Coverage: Good recognition for zone coverage, but will drift out of position when he's reading the eyes of quarterbacks, resulting in some big-play interceptions, but also in allowing receptions when savvy passers bait him. Quick feet and balance to change directions. Good route anticipation. Switches off his target quickly when he sees the quarterback throwing elsewhere. Closes on the ball quickly.
Closing/Recovery: Among best attributes is his size, leaping ability and ball skills on fade and go-routes against bigger receivers. Matches up well in jump-ball situations. Isn't afraid to get physical in these confrontations, but because he's going for the ball, doesn't draw the flag. Very good ball skills. Times his leap well, showing a good vertical and possesses the long arms and soft, strong hands to pluck the ball out of the air. Excellent return skills once he has the ball in his hands.
Tackling: Reliable open-field tackler. Breaks down well in space to make the stop against elusive athletes. Willing to take on the bigger ballcarrier and does a nice of wrapping his arms securely around the legs to make the effective stop. Good effort in pursuit. Not an explosive hitter, but plays his size, strength and long arms help him knock down ballcarriers quickly.
Looking at that video, and seeing where all the pundits see Peterson, it's a wonder he's still on the board at 4 for the Bengals. The BTB Community Mock Draft is heating up, as the possibilities start to shape up for Dallas at number 9.
|Draft Pick||Team||2010 Record||Assigned GM||Team Needs||Selection|
|1||Carolina||(2-14)||Alexcomestokill||4-3 DT, 4-3 DE, WR1, WR2, WR3, CB||AJ Green|
|2||Denver||(4-12)||Sean N||4-3 DT, 4-3 DE, FS, SS, 4-3 OLB, 4-3 ILB, TE, ROT||Nick Fairley|
|3||Buffalo||(4-12)||BTB||Everything except RB and WR, Kitchen Sink||Marcel Dareus|
|4||Cincinatti||(4-12)||staubachfan||QB, 4-3 DT, WR, 4-3 DE, FS, 4-3 MLB, OG, OC||Patrick Peterson|