And with the #6 Pick in the Arrowhead Pride Mock Draft, the Cincinnati Bengals Select...

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                        Alabama OT Andre Smith

mistamic with the pick...

Cincinnati had a lot of issues on the offensive side of the ball last season. Their star quarterback missed most of the season due to injury and their running game was nonexistent. Wanna know why? It was because of their offensive line. A few years ago it was one of the best lines in the league. But free agency and injuries decimated this unit and now they need help. Guess what? This year's draft is stacked deep with offensive linemen and Cincy manages to pick up the best one in the draft: Alabama OT Andre Smith.
 
Smith is a legitimate Top 3 talent. His decision making is questionable but you can't deny his talent. He's a beast of a man (6'4", 330lbs) and yet despite his size he has excellent footwork and technique. He's a legitimate pass blocker but his niche lies within run blocking. He's a pancake machine (watch the Youtube videos of his moves). And my favorite thing about him: he doesn't have a history with injuries. He held down the left tackle spot for the last three years at Alabama but scouts believe that he could line up on the right side as well. He was the 2008 Outland Award Winner and was on numerous All-American lists. He did get suspended from the Sugar Bowl because he violated team rules, and for those who watched the game, Utah's D just lit up the left side of the line (actually they lit up the whole line but without Smith in the lineup Alabama had no chance). Even when he got suspended from the Sugar Bowl, scouts believed that he could have ended up being the first player drafted.
 
Okay, there are some red flags being thrown up because of his immaturity and poor decision making. His decision to leave the Combine early was a mistake. His Pro Day performance wasn't that much better. Some think that Smith is no longer worthy of a top 10 pick. Whatever. I'm not buying it. Compared to the other players in that Bengals locker room, Smith's "character issues" don't seem so severe. He's still the best O-lineman in the draft and Cincy makes the right choice by picking Smith.

Previous pick: WR Michael Crabtree

Read more: Scouting Report (Mocking the Draft)

On the clock: Oakland Raiders (mushin)

Click over for the schedule and current draft results.

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With the news that the Bengals are trying to trade their only notable (and he's not even that good anymore) offensive linemen in Levi Jones, the Bengals o-line situation goes from bad to worse. We're talking 2007 Chiefs bad. Andre Smith is a good pick here for a team that could go in a number of directions.

 

Pick Round 1 Selection Date
1 Detroit Lions - UCrawford LB Aaron Curry Weds. March 10th
2 St. Louis Rams - Lanier63 OT Jason Smith Monday, March 16th
3 Kansas City Chiefs - TonyG88 OT Eugene Monroe Monday, March 16th
4 Seattle Seahawks - mikvogel DT B.J. Raji Tuesday, March 17th
5 Cleveland Browns - HIV2Elway WR Michael Crabtree Tuesday, March 17th
6 Cincinnati Bengals - mistamic OT Andre Smith
Weds., March 18th
7 Oakland Raiders - mushin
Weds., March 18th
8 Jacksonville Jaguars - DThomasReigns
Thursday, March 19th
9 Green Bay Packers - JasonM
Thursday, March 19th
10 San Francisco 49ers - Harry Feltersnatch
Friday, March 20th
11 Buffalo Bills - ArrowDread
Friday, March 20th
12 Denver Broncos - Keyser Sose
Monday, March 23rd
13 Washington Redskins - Official Arrowhead Pride Parade
Monday, March 23rd
14 New Orleans Saints - cmpotter
Tuesday, March 24th
15 Houston Texans - ChiefsDude
Tuesday, March 24th
16 San Diego Chargers - Helmets
Weds., March 25th
17 New York Jets - NJChief
Weds., March 25th
18 Chicago Bears - Holmeslice
Thursday, March 26th
19 Tampa Bay Buccaneers - madtheory
Thursday, March 26th
20 Detroit Lions (from Dallas) - UCrawford
Friday, March 27th
21 Philadelphia Eagles - Chiefsfan717
Friday, March 27th
22 Minnesota Vikings - kcsno56
Monday, March 30th
23 New England Patriots - connerman
Monday, March 30th
24 Atlanta Falcons - RedNose
Tuesday, March 31st
25 Miami Dolphins - shraggyj
Tuesday, March 31st
26 Baltimore Ravens - Ben S
Weds., April 1st
27 Indianapolis Colts - craig in calgary
Weds., April 1st
28 Philadelphia Eagles (from Carolina) - Chiefsfan717
Thursday, April 2nd
29 New York Giants - ChiefsFan90s
Thursday, April 2nd
30 Tennessee Titans - Lvl.99
Friday, April 3rd
31 Arizona Cardinals - THE_TRUTH
Friday, April 3rd
32 Pittsburgh Steelers - McWhirt33
Monday, April 6th
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