Cincinnati Bengals Prioritize Trenches in Mock Draft 2.0

Cincinnati uses half of their 10 picks on the trenches in this mock.
Feb 29, 2024; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Michigan defensive lineman Kris Jenkins (DL13) works out during
Feb 29, 2024; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Michigan defensive lineman Kris Jenkins (DL13) works out during / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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CINCINNATI — The NFL Draft is just a few weeks away! The Bengals have 10 total picks this year.

It's time for our second mock draft of the season. In mock draft 1.0, the Bengals added offensive line help in round one with Amarius Mims. Will that trend continue?

Check out mock draft 2.0 below:

First Round, Pick No. 18: Amarius Mims, OT, Georgia

Mims is the pick at No. 18 for a second-straight week. At 6-7, 340 pounds, he has the size and the potential to become one of the best offensive tackles in the NFL. He could end up being the best offensive lineman in this year's draft class. He lacks experience, but he did start in both of Georgia's College Football Playoff games in 2022 when they won the National Championship. His size, frame and potential is too much to pass on with the No. 18 pick.

Second Round, Pick No 49: Kris Jenkins, DT, Michigan

The Bengals need interior defensive line help and Jenkins could be the top player on their board in round two. After taking Mims at No. 18, there was a run on offensive tackles and wide receivers.

Jenkins is one of the best run stoppers in this draft. He saw plenty of double teams at Michigan, and helped them win at a high level. He's also a good athlete and add extra pass rush moves in the pros.

Michigan defensive lineman Kris Jenkins (94) sacks UNLV quarterback Doug Brumfield (2) during the
Michigan defensive lineman Kris Jenkins (94) sacks UNLV quarterback Doug Brumfield (2) during the / Junfu Han / USA TODAY NETWORK

Third Round, Pick No. 80: Malachi Corley, WR, Western Kentucky

Corley is one of the most interesting players in this draft class. Is he a gadget player? Is he a slot-only receiver?

Bengals receivers coach Troy Walters attended Corley's Pro Day and at this stage of the draft, he could easily be the top player on their board. The 22-year-old had 259 receptions for 3,035 yards and 29 touchdowns in three seasons for the Hilltoppers. He ran a 4.49 40-yard dash and has a size blend of speed and power that would compliment Ja'Marr Chase, Tee Higgins and the rest of the Bengals' offense.

Corley is great with the ball in his hands and should improve his route running ability at the next level. Adding playmakers that can do damage after the catch is important and he's one of the best at that in this year's draft class.

Third Round, Pick No. 97: Dominic Puni, G, Kansas

Finding a quality interior offensive lineman should be a priority for the Bengals in this year's draft. Scouts believe his pass protection is ahead of his run blocking, but there's plenty of reason to believe he can develop into an NFL starter.

Fourth Round, Pick No. 115: Leonard Taylor, DT, Miami

The Bengals' thirst for trench help continues with Taylor, who should bolster their interior pass rush. Adding Taylor and Jenkins gives Bengals defensive line coach Marion Hobby plenty of talent to work with in 2024 and beyond.

Taylor could specialize is an interior pass rusher as a rookie and eventually help replace BJ Hill, who's in the final year of his contract.

Fifth Round, Pick No. 149: Isaac Guerendo, RB, Louisville

The Bengals could use a third running back and if they miss out on Notre Dame's Audric Estime in the fourth round, Guerendo could be a target in round five. I'd also throw Oregon's Bucky Brooks and Purdue's Tyrone Tracy into the mix too.

Guerendo has good size at 6-foot, 221 pounds, He tested like an elite athlete, posting a 4.33 40-yard dash. He also has the skill set to become a quality pass blocker and should be a solid receiver out of the backfield.

Estime, Guerendo, Tracy and Brooks are all intriguing running back options for the Bengals on day three.

Sixth Round, Pick No. 194: Caedon Wallace, OT, Penn State

Adding Mims certainly helps the offensive tackle room, but it'll be hard for the Bengals to ignore Wallace when the turn on the film to watch Penn State left tackle Olu Fashanu.

Wallace is an experienced right tackle at Penn State. He made 40 starts at right tackle for the Nittany Lions. He's nearly 6-5 and weighs 313 pounds. Adding a developmental tackle at this stage of the draft could make sense and Wallace is an experienced player that could play tackle or guard in the NFL.

Penn State offensive lineman Caedan Wallace (73) prepares for a play during a White Out football
Penn State offensive lineman Caedan Wallace (73) prepares for a play during a White Out football / Dan Rainville / USA TODAY NETWORK

Sixth Round, Pick No. 214: Tip Reiman, TE, Illinois

The Bengals snap their streak and finally take a tight end in the NFL Draft for the first time since 2019.

Reiman has a chance to be an elite blocking tight end in the NFL and tested well during the pre-draft process. At 271 pounds, he's a big, physical player that the Bengals could pair with Drew Sample. The duo would give them two quality blocking tight ends, which would help compliment Tanner Hudson and Mike Gesicki.

Seventh Round, Pick No. 224: Jalen Coker, WR, Holy Cross

Coker is an intriguing option at wide receiver. He fared well during the pre-draft process after finishing his Holy Cross career with a school recover 2,715 receiving yards and 31 receiving touchdowns.

Seventh Round, Pick No. 237: Jordan Magee, LB, Temple

Magee is a solid athlete that should be able to give the some extra help on special teams right away. Adding a backup linebacker is a sneaky need for the Bengals, but there are some good athletes on day three that they could target. Magee fits that mold. He had 80 tackles (14 for loss) and 3.5 sacks last season.

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James Rapien covers the Bengals for Sports Illustrated's and is one-half of the Locked on Bengals Podcast. He's also the co-owner/creator of Cincinnati Bengals Talk on YouTube. He earned a journalism degree from the University of Cincinnati and has spent the majority of his professional career in the Queen City. Rapien previously covered the Cavaliers and Indians in Cleveland. He has a background in radio, which includes stops at 700 WLW, ESPN 1530 and 92.3 The Fan. He loves a good trade rumor and uses copious amounts of hot sauce on his food. Cincinnati chili is his go-to meal, followed by gallons of mint chocolate chip ice cream for dessert. When he isn't working or eating, he's probably walking his dog Finley or spending time with family.