2012 MHR Community Mock Draft: Cincinnati Bengals Select Alshon Jeffery, Wide Receiver, South Carolina

COLUMBIA, SC - NOVEMBER 12: Alshon Jeffery #1 of the South Carolina Gamecocks smiles as he lines up for a play against the Florida Gators during their game at Williams-Brice Stadium on November 12, 2011 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)


WIth the 21st pick in the 2012 MHR Community mock draft, the Cincinnati Bengals select:

Alshon Jeffery, wide receiver, South Carolina

Bengals' GM: Vancezack

GM Explanation: Alshon Jeffery in my eyes is the third best receiver in the draft behind Floyd and Blackmon. If not for a ‘drunk' of a quarterback and the lack of an offensive line to get him the ball, his numbers would have been WAY better. People don't like the fact that he gained a little weight and didn't seem to have much motivation while playing, but who would when you have a quarterback who can't get you the ball when you are open. Adding Jeffery, who is a bigger more possession receiver in the NFL, to the likes of Green, Gresham, and Shipley would make - There were a couple different routes that the Bengals could take here. After drafting a CB with their 17th overall pick addressed their biggest need this off-season, even after signing Newman. The next biggest needs in my opinion would be: WR, DE, and OG. With the signing of Travelle Wharton and Jacob Bell, and drafting Clint Boling last year they could wait a round or two to draft one to compete for the starter's role or for quality depth. That leaves DE and WR, there were a couple DE's that caught my eye for the Bengals such as Nick Perry, or Andre Branch. Drafting Perry would make it so that he wasn't rushed into a starter's role right away and to learn and come in on obvious passing downs, easing his way into the league and becoming a dominant force on and already outstanding defensive line. Although that would be a great pick to get after the likes of Roethslisberger, Flacco, and McCoy, I don't see them doing it with another need that's bigger and has an elite talent in Jeffery.

The Bengals offense would be more explosive and balanced. Now teams won't have the chance to double Green and will have to respect the weapons on this team. With the Bengals getting Jeffery I see them as a top offense in the league next year and a dangerous team to face.

Commissioner's Analysis: I can't say I would argue this pick for the Bengals here. They are getting a guy who could vault their offense to new heights. They don't have a lot of huge needs, and getting a guy like Jeffery is a luxury they can afford with two first round picks. I think he would add a dimension to their offense that not many other teams have, and with A.J. Green on the other side, they could be very, very good in the passing game.

Draft Recap:

1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

2. Washington Redskins: Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor

3. Minnesota Vikings: Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama

4. Cleveland Browns: Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU

6. St. Louis Rams: Matt Kalil, OT, USC

7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina

8. Miami Dolphins: David DeCastro, OG, Stanford

9. Carolina Panthers: Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State

10. Buffalo Bills: Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame

11. Kansas City Chiefs: Michael Brockers, DT, LSU

12. Seattle Seahawks: Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB, South Carolina

13. Arizona Cardinals: Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa

14. Dallas Cowboys: Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College

15. Philadelphia Eagles: Mark Barron, S, Alabama

16. New York Jets: Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford

17. Cincinnati Bengals: Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina

18. San Diego Chargers: Dre' Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama

19. Chicago Bears: Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor

20. Tennessee Titans: Whitney Mercilus, DE, Illinois

21. Cincinnati Bengals: Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina

On the clock...Cleveland Browns (DBroncs1414)

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