- Jamison Hensley, ESPN Staff Writer
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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.