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2010 NFL Gridiron Gab Mock Draft: #21 Cincinnati

The Bengals suprised many in the AFC by taking the AFC North title. The Bengals hope to continue their winning ways. Despite a 10 win season, the Bengals finished rather disappointingly, losing back to back games against the NY Jets to end the season, the second one in the AFC playoffs. Chad Ochocinco and the rest of the Who Deys look to bounce back and prove that last year was no fluke..

And with the 21st selection in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Cincinnati Bengals select..

TE Jermaine Gresham, Oklahoma

Now here’s a guy I loved to hate because he would always have big games against my Texas Longhorns. But you have to respect him because he is that good. He’s an elite tight end with top flight wide receiver speed and hands who is eve dangerous in the passing game. Did I mention he can block in the running game as well?

Eric McMackin of Bengals Gab likes the prospect of having Gresham in a Bengals uniform, but offers this cautionary tale in a recent BengalsGab article

Yes, Tight End is a position that could use more bodies, but don’t for one second think that the team is honing in on Jermaine Gresham, the TE from Oklahoma and consensus talking-head pick for Cincinnati at 21. Why? Well, he’s a Tight End, and while the team needs better play from that position, the fact of the matter is that TE does not have the most vital of roles in Bob Bratkowski’s offense. The fact is that 40% of the time, the TE is another tackle in the running game, or is extra protection on long yardage situations.

This is not to say that I do not condone the idea of bringing in a dynamic talent at the position. I whole-heartedly do. But Gresham and second TE Rob Gronkowski of Arizona both carry with them a disturbing injury history, and there are capable options in rounds 2, 3, 4, and 5 that can contribute to at least the level of a Dan Coats. Besides, Chase Coffman has not had an opportunity to play a single down yet, and the team will be bringing back Reggie Kelly before the draft. Sure Tony Sheffler would be nice, but I just don’t see it happening, and the Bengals have officially poo-pooed that rumor within hours of it coming out. Either way, though, I wrote in this space that the team should address the position prior to the draft, and Lewis basically confirmed my thinking in the press conference.

One cannot honestly believe that Gresham would be the pick if Earl Thomas is available at 21; or Dez Bryant, or Jason Pierre-Paul, or even Taylor Mays.

One thing I can guarantee after 20 years of watching drafts, is there will be a player that inexplicably falls and is head-and-shoulders above the guys that were expected to be there. I don’t know who it will be this year, but he’ll be staring at the Bengals at 21, and this year, they can confidently pull the trigger. And by the way, this happens in round two as well. Don’t be shocked if Gronkowski is on the board when the Bengals are up again in the second.

So who should they get with the 21st pick? Who knows? Let the draft work itself out.

Erick brings up a couple of very good points. Chase Coffman got injured before he even could play a down in the NFL. Gresham himself missed his entire senior year at Oklahoma due to a knee injury.

ESPN’s Mel Kiper believe Gresham is a great fit for the Bengals

It’s no help to a team like Baltimore (where I had Gresham in the last mock) that the stock of the best TE in the draft is back up. Gresham has proven to scouts that he’s physically solid after a lost season, and will be a perfect target for Carson Palmer in what should be an improved passing game. Gresham is the total package.

Guest list so far..

21. Cincinnati Bengals- TE Jermaine Gresham, Oklahoma
20. Houston Texans- CB Kyle Wilson, Boise State
19. Atlanta Falcons- DE Brandon Graham, Michigan
18. Pittsburgh Steelers- OG Mike Iupati, Idaho
17. San Francisco 49ers- CB Joe Haden, Florida
16. Tennessee Titans- DE Jason Pierre-Paul, South Florida
15. NY Giants- LB Rolando McClain, Alabama
14. Seattle Seahawks- RB CJ Spiller, Clemson
13. San Francisco 49ers- CB Joe Haden, Florida
12. Miami Dolphins- DE Jerry Hughes, TCU
11. Denver Broncos- WR Dez Bryant, Oklahoma State
10. Jacksonville Jaguars- DE Derick Morgan, Georgia Tech
9. Buffalo Bills- QB Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame
8. Oakland Raiders- OT Bruce Campbell, Maryland
7. Cleveland Browns- S Earl Thomas, Texas
6. Seattle Seahawks- DT Gerald McCoy, Oklahoma
5. Kansas City Chiefs- S Eric Berry, Tennessee
4. Washington Redskins- OT Trent Williams, Oklahoma
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – DT Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska
2. Detroit Lions- OT Russell Okung, Oklahoma State
1. St. Louis Rams – QB Sam Bradford, Oklahoma

Tick tock, tick’s Belichick and the Patriots on the clock

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