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Mock Draft: Who will the Cincinnati Bengals take in the first round?

The Bengals pick 21st in first round; Browns have two of top four picks

We are less than a month away from the NFL Draft, and Cincinnati Bengals beat writer Jay Morrison offers his thoughts on how the first round will shake out in his mock draft.

The Bengals will pick 21st after trading down from No. 12 to obtain tackle Cordy Glenn from Buffalo.

This is the fourth time since 2010 the Bengals have owned the 21st pick. They took Jermaine Gresham in 2010, Tyler Eifert in 2013 and Cedric Ogbuehi in 2015.

Meanwhile the Cleveland Browns have the No. 1 overall pick for the second year in a row in addition to owning the No. 4 pick. Assuming they hold on to both, the Browns will have made seven top-eight picks since 2010.

1. Cleveland Browns

Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming

Strong-armed Allen has the most upside of any quarterback in the draft, and if there’s one thing the Browns are looking for, it’s upside.

2. New York Giants

Sam Darnold, QB, USC

The Giants are trying to get another 2018 first-round pick by shopping Odell Beckham Jr., which could change their direction, but for now the focus is taking Eli Manning’s replacement.

3. New York Jets

Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA

The Jets’ run of quarterback futility doesn’t quite match the Browns’, but it’s lengthy.

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4. Cleveland Browns

Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State

Dream scenario comes true for Browns as they get their quarterback and arguably the top overall prospect available in the multi-dimensional Barkley.

5. Denver Broncos

Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame

The Case Keenum signing buys the Broncos a little time to find a franchise quarterback.

6. Indianapolis Colts

Bradley Chubb, DE, North Carolina State

The Colts get the guy they likely would have taken at 3 and get three extra second-round picks as a bonus after trading down just three spots with the Jets.

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7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State

The Buccaneers ranked 32nd in pass defense last year.

8. Chicago Bears

Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech

The Bears bolster their pass rush with Edmunds becoming the bookend to Leonard Floyd.

9. San Francisco 49ers

Minkah Fitzpatrick, S, Alabama

Add Fitzpatrick to new cornerback Richard Sherman, and the 49ers secondary is immensely better.

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10. Oakland Raiders

Roquan Smith

Former Bengals defensive coordinator Paul Guenther gets a linebacker similar to Vontaze Burfict, but without the baggage.

11. Miami Dolphins

Vita Vea, DT, Washington

Exit Ndamukong Suh, enter Vea.

12. Buffalo Bills

Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma

AJ McCarron and Mayfield in the same locker room? That’s a whole lot of moxie.

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13. Washington Redskins

Derwin James, S, Florida State

The Redskins have other needs, but James is too good to pass up at this point.

14. Green Bay Packers

Marcus Davenport, DE, Texas-San Antonio

He can play end or linebacker and can ease into the role with a year as an understudy for 32-year-old Clay Matthews.

15. Arizona Cardinals

Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville

Sam Bradford is not a long-term answer and maybe not even a short-term one given his injury history.

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16. Baltimore Ravens

Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame

It’s an Irish reunion on the Baltimore O-line with McGlinchey joining 2016 first-round pick Ronnie Stanley.

17. Los Angeles Chargers

Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama

The Chargers were 31st in run defense last year.

18. Seattle Seahawks

Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa

Replacing Richard Sherman is a top priority.

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19. Dallas Cowboys

Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama

Dez Bryant is declining rapidly, and there is no one else on the roster who looks like a No. 1 receiver.

20. Detroit Lions

James Daniels, C, Iowa

The Lions pluck a Bengals target right out from under their noses.

21. Cincinnati Bengals

Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA

Some prognosticators have Miller listed as the best tackle in the draft, making this both a value pick and a need filler for the Bengals.

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22. Buffalo Bills

Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville

If you’re in a division with Tom Brady, it’s wise to stockpile corners.

23. Los Angeles Rams

Rashan Evans, LB, Alabama

Evans is an ideal fit after the Rams traded Alex Ogletree to the Giants.

24. Carolina Panthers

Justin Reid, S, Stanford

After trading for wide receiver Torrey Smith, the key hole to fill is the one left by safety Kurt Coleman.

25. Tennessee Titans

Harold Landry, LB, Boston College

New head coach Mike Vrabel gets a player cut from his own mold.

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26. Atlanta Falcons

Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan

The heart issue that kept him out of the Combine is a concern, but Hurst was cleared to work at his pro day.

27. New Orleans Saints

Hayden Hurst, TE, South Carolina

Hurst’s presence in the middle of the field will only open things up further for Drew Brees.

28. Pittsburgh Steelers

Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State

The playoff loss to Jacksonville exposed how thin the Steelers are linebacker.

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29. Jacksonville Jaguars

James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State

The Jaguars committed to Blake Bortles, now they to give him more weapons, especially after losing Allen Robinson in free agency.

30. Minnesota Vikings

Ogbonnia Okoronkow, DE, Georgia

Mike Zimmer can never have enough defensive linemen.

31. New England Patriots

Mike Hughes, CB, Central Florida

Bell Belichick doesn’t have Malcolm Butler to kick around anymore.

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32. Philadelphia Eagles

Derrius Guice, RB, LSU

The Eagles have proven they can win a “running back by committee” approach, so there’s no rush for Guice to come in an establish himself as an every-down back.

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