Look: Bengals Come Away With Underwhelming Haul in Latest Mock Draft

Would you be happy with this draft, Bengals fans?
Jan 1, 2024; Tampa, FL, USA; LSU Tigers wide receiver Brian Thomas Jr. (11) runs with the ball
Jan 1, 2024; Tampa, FL, USA; LSU Tigers wide receiver Brian Thomas Jr. (11) runs with the ball / Matt Pendleton-USA TODAY Sports
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CINCINNATI — The Bengals take LSU wide receiver Brian Thomas in Chad Reuter's latest mock draft.

They stick with Tigers in round two by taking former LSU defensive tackle Maason Smith. Kingsley Suamataia out of BYU is clearly their best selection in the five round mock.

Cincinnati rounds things out by adding cornerback Kyree Jackson with the 97th pick, linebacker Edefuan Ulofoshio in the fourth round and Grambling State edge rusher Sundiata Anderson in the fifth round.

This would be a pretty underwhelming five rounds for Cincinnati. Thomas has a chance to be a good player. Taking him with guys like Amarius Mims, Taliese Fuaga, Troy Fautanu and Terrion Arnold on the board would be a surprise.

Smith has a chance to be a good player, but there's plenty of risk that comes with him and pick No. 49 feels a bit rich. Suamataia would offer tremendous value at No. 80. He isn't expected to make it to the Bengals in round two (No. 49 overall). He's currently 38th on the consensus board.

Even though this feels like a pretty rough scenario, that's the beauty of the NFL Draft. It's unpredictable. This is also an example of why mock drafts are valuable.

No one was talking about Smith being a round two option, but he's risen in recent days and visited the Bengals earlier this week. Mocks help everyone get an idea of different scenarios that could arise on draft day.

Check out Reuter's entire mock draft here.

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James Rapien covers the Bengals for Sports Illustrated's AllBengals.com 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.