Friday, April 20, 2012
You make the call: Bengals' No. 17 pick
By Jamison Hensley
It's that time of year when you can find hundreds of mock drafts all over the internet. But I want to hear what you think the teams in the AFC North should do in the first round.
Each day, we'll tackle one pick and have you vote on it. Once we get through all six first-round selections by early next week, I will compile an AFC North fans' mock for the Bengals, Browns, Ravens and Steelers.
Today's pick is the Cincinnati Bengals and the 17th overall pick. Here are the choices:
SS Mark Barron, Alabama: He's tough and physical who will become a leader in the locker room. A series of injuries have prompted questions about his durability.
DE Quinton Coples, North Carolina: A top-1o physical talent, he has excellent size and shows good burst to close on ball carriers. He has boom-or-bust potential because of his lackadaisical attitude.
G David DeCastro, Stanford: He's everything you want in a lineman -- he's big, nasty and technically sound. But DeCastro isn't an elite athlete and isn't consistently explosive.
DE-LB Courtney Upshaw: His power and competitiveness jumps off the tape. He's not a great athlete and it showed in his combine results.