#bloggermock: Bengals select Cyprien

April, 23, 2013
The Cincinnati Bengals are probably hoping either Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro or Georgia offensive tackle D.J. Fluker falls to them at No. 21.

The chances of that happening are not great, especially with Vaccaro. So it didn't come as a surprise that the St. Louis Rams selected Vaccaro at No. 16 and the Dallas Cowboys took Fluker at No. 18 in our #bloggermock.

The biggest needs for the Bengals are at strong safety and right tackle (only if Cincinnati fails to re-sign Andre Smith before the draft). With Vaccaro and Fluker gone, my decision was to go with either the second-best safety (either Florida International's John Cyprien or Florida's Matt Elam), a top-five safety (Bengals like Houston's D.J. Hayden, I hear) or the fifth-best offensive tackle (Florida State's Menelik Watson).

I would be lying if I said the Bengals' private workout with Cyprien on Monday didn't factor into my decision. He's everything you want from a strong safety: athletic, physical and powerful. The Bengals will have to work on his instincts, but he'd be a great pairing with Reggie Nelson.

Next pick for the AFC North blog is the Baltimore Ravens with the No. 32 and last pick of the first round.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter



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