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ROTB Community Mock Draft, Pick 17: The Bengals Make Their Selection

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This pick was made by CincyFan93.

With the 17th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Cincinnati Bengals select Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina

Stephon is a tall, solidly built corner with a physical nature to his game. At South Carolina he played in mostly pres-bail/off-coverage and was at his best when he was near the line of scrimmage. For his size, he showcases impressive lateral quickness. He exhibits good straight-line speed for his size, played like a mid 4.4 guy, and made it tough on defenders to separate vertically. His only fault is his footwork, which can be sloppy from time to time. If that is cleaned up, he will be a threat at corner with his size and strength.

Corner Back will be a concern with the Bengals this year. Nate Clements, who turns 32 in December, was inconsistent all last year. He'll also be a free agent anyway. Meanwhile, Leon Hall won't be ready to play next year because of his torn Achilles. Also with the possibility of Adam "Pacman" Jones going to prison, the Bengals will be hard pressed to keep opposing receivers defended. Recently acquired Jason Allen will help out, but there is still much to be desired at the position. With Dre Kirkpatrick and Janoris Jenkins off the board, Stephon Gilmore is the best corner available and is a solid pick at 17.


The Bengals do need a corner and he is predicted to go in the first round in many mock drafts. Their other pressing needs are at running back and at guard. They drafted for need, but they got a talented player and of the team's needs, and he is the best player available that fits in. It's hard to fault the Bengals for that.

What do you think? Do you agree with the pick? Let us know in the comments why and make sure to place your vote.

Also, we need to fill a few more teams. Feel free to volunteer to take an available team, even if you already have one (or two).

Results/Draft lineup:

1. Colts (psknapp), Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

2. Redskins (psknapp), Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor

3. Vikings (blank_38), Matt Kalil, OT, USC

4. Browns (Cardsdefense), Trent Richardson, RB. Alabama

5. Bucs (b0rd3rline) Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU

6. Rams (blank_38 and Cardsdefense) Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma St

7. Jags (JSteezy) Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB, South Carolina

8. Dolphins (alaskancard) Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame

9. Panthers (hevchv) Quinton Coples, DE

10. Bills (skid83) Riley Reiff, OT Iowa

11. Chiefs (StuckinColorado) David DeCastro, OG, Stanford

12. Seahawks (LAcardsfan) Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College

13. Cardinals (GreaZzy) Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama

14. Cowboys (KDean75) Mark Barron, S, Alabama

15. Eagles (kj197728) Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama

16. Jets (DrullinOverDaCards) Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford

17. Bengals (CincyFan93) Stephen Gilmore, CB, South Carolina

18. Chargers (Tues April 10) blank_38

19. Bears (Wed April 11) Kdean75

20. Titans (Thurs April 12)

21. Bengals (Fri April 13) CincyFan93

22. Browns (Sat April 14) Cardsdefense

23. Lions (Sun April 15)

24. Steelers (Mon April 16) Steamin Beamin

25. Broncos (Tues April 17) lacardsfan

26. Texans (Wed April 18) b0rd3rline

27. Patriots (Thurs April 19) psknapp

28. Packers (Fri April 20) GreaZzy

29. Ravens (Sat April 21)

30. 49ers (Sun April 22)

31. Patriots (Mon April 23) psknapp

32. Giants (Tues April 24) skid83