The Cincinnati Bengals somehow still coached by Marvin Lewis own the 21st pick. The Bengals are coming off another wild card round playoff loss where they were defeated by Andrew Luck and the Colts. Andy Dalton is the guy going forward so he will need to correct his turnover deficiencies in order for Cincy to take the next steps as an elite contender. Dalton will be in his second season under offensive coordinator Hue Jackson. The offense could feature more of a focus on breakout rookie running back Jeremy Hill to go along Gio Bernard complementing him. Taking the load off Dalton could prove beneficial for Cincinnati. The Bengals were one of the quieter teams during free agency making no real changes on offense besides resigning guard Clint Boling. Defensive end and former Bengal Michael Johnson was brought back on a four year deal as well as ex-Packer linebacker AJ Hawk. Outside of AJ Green and Mohammed Sanu the Bengals could use more threats at the wide receiver position. I could see them adding a speedier type slot receiver to make up for the loss of Andrew Hawkins when he left for Cleveland. Marvin Lewis will be coaching the Bengals for his 13th straight season and incredibly still does not have a playoff win to his name. The Bengals franchise is known very well for mediocrity, but this seems to be the epitome of settling for just good enough to get into the playoffs year after year. The AFC North is seemingly a battle until the very last regular season game every year and I expect that will be the same case this season. I’m sure Bengals fans hope the outcome is a tad different than the loss at Pittsburgh which forced them to travel to Indianapolis for a playoff game. With the 21st pick in the 2015 Birds Scoop Mock Draft the Cincinnati Bengals select…
TJ Clemmings– Offensive Tackle (Pittsburgh)
Clemmings was a late switch to the sport of football as a stand out high school basketball player he decided to make the transition to the gridiron. The Pitt product has the type of athletic ability which causes NFL scouts to drool over his potential at either tackle spot. His long, athletic frame is coupled with his great foot quickness allowing him to thrive against most defensive ends. The need for athletic tackles in this day and age in the NFL makes Clemmings a perfect fit for most NFL franchises. Andrew Whitworth and Andre Smith are the current starting tackles on the Bengals offensive line. Whitworth is one of the longest tenured Bengals, but at age 33 he could be nearing the end of his NFL career. Smith has also been a question mark as well during his time in Cincy with injury concerns. Clemmings could seemingly be a backup to both veterans in his rookie season then enter the starting lineup in year two. He is still very raw and the year sitting behind experienced players could be very beneficial for Clemmings. He was exposed at the Senior Bowl a bit due to breakdowns in his technique which most scouts believe are easily correctable for him through coaching and repetition at the next level. His ceiling is as high as a possible Pro Bowl left tackle once he learns to trust himself and develop better technique as previously mentioned. This would be a very solid pick for the Bengals at 21 setting themselves up for a future replacement.
Impact on the Eagles
This selection would have little impact on the Eagles since both Jason Peters and Lane Johnson won’t be leaving anytime soon. The Eagles need more interior line help than at the tackle spots. The more teams who pass on wide receivers is better as far as I’m concerned leaving more potential options for the upcoming pick in the 2nd round.
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