CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 03: Dominique Davis #4 of the East Carolina Pirates gets free from Stephon Gilmore #5 of the Carolina Gamecocks during their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 3, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
With the twenty-first pick of the 2012 CSC Community Mock Draft, the Cincinnati Bengals (chosen by coldpizza) select...
Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina
After landing Georgia Tech WR Stephen Hill with the seventeenth overall selection, the Bengals look to shore up their secondary with their second first rounder. As it turns out, all four of the CB prospects I was considering at seventeen are still available and Gilmore is, in my humble opinion, the best of that lot. At 6'0½" 190 lbs, Gilmore is commonly considered to be the second best pure cover corner in this draft, behind LSU's Morris Claiborne.
With Leon Hall coming off a ruptured Achilles tendon and not expected to be 100% by opening week, it's imperative that Cincinnati brings in someone that can contribute right away. Gilmore offers exceptional straight line speed and is fluid in and out of his cuts. He also excels in run support, a trait that should serve the team well, with Ray Rice, Rashard Mendenhall and newcomer Trent Richardson now in the division.
Alabama's Dre Kirkpatrick, North Alabama's Janoris Jenkins and Nebraska's Alfonzo Dennard were also considered. In the end, however, Gilmore was the lone CB prospect that failed to raise a red flag of some sort, be it due to his personal character or his readiness to make an impact at the professional level. With a playmaking Stephen on offense and a ballhawking Stephon on defense, look for the Bengals to make waves once again in the über competitive AFC North.
Below are the complete results from our community mock draft.
Catch up with all of the mock draft selections in our 2012 CSC Community Mock Draft Section.
|Pick||Team||Selection||Team Representative||Approval Rating|
|1||Indianapolis Colts||QB Andrew Luck - Stanford||Legatron Morstead||77%|
|2||Washington Redskins||QB Robert Griffin III - Baylor||VAsaintsfan||78%|
|3||Minnesota Vikings||OT Matt Kalil - USC||Hans Petersen||69%|
|4||Cleveland Browns||RB Trent Richardson - Alabama||Fan since the Aints||81%|
|5||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||CB Morris Claiborne - LSU||Alex Swift||50%|
|6||St. Louis Rams||WR Justin Blackmon - Oklahoma St.||GRIZZ||73%|
|7||Jacksonville Jaguars||WR Michael Floyd - Notre Dame||AcquiredPanic||51%|
|8||Miami Dolphins||WR Kendall Wright - Baylor||were gonna need a bigger boat||16%|
|9||Carolina Panthers||DT Michael Brockers - LSU||DatFan||43%|
|10||Buffalo Bills||OT Riley Reiff - Iowa||theprogrammerman||51%|
|11||Kansas City Chiefs||G David DeCastro - Stanford||Jimbo03||69%|
|12||Seattle Seahawks||DE Melvin Ingram - South Carolina||BASAINT||57%|
|13||Arizona Cardinals||DT Dontari Poe - Memphis||jeremysherwin||44%|
|14||Dallas Cowboys||S Mark Barron - Alabama||Saint for Life||59%|
|15||Philadelphia Eagles||DE Quinton Coples - North Carolina||caominh||26%|
|16||NY Jets||LB Courtney Upshaw - Alabama||GRIZZ||65%|
|17||Cincinnati Bengals||WR Stephen Hill - Georgia Tech||coldpizza|
|18||San Diego Chargers||DE/OLB Nick Perry - USC||Alex Swift|
|19||Chicago Bears||TE Coby Fleener - Stanford||Jay Cutler|
|20||Tennessee Titans||LB Luke Kuelchy - Boston College||shipgoalie05|
|21||Cincinnati Bengals||CB Stephon Gilmore - South Carolina||coldpizza|
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