BTSC 2011 Community Mock Draft Pick No. 35 -- Cincinnati Bengals Select Christian Ponder, QB, Florida State

A nice start to our second round thanks to three prompt and very sound picks to start things off. Though I must say, I wouldn't touch either Cameron Hayward or Christian Ponder with a ten-foot pole if I were an NFL executive. Nevertheless, many thanks to dietrich43 for the latest pick for Cincinnati here at 35. Next up: the Denver Broncos, represented by Cannon36. - Michael B. -

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The Bengals are at a good position, where BPA (or at least, nearly BPA) meets with a team need. As a result, the Bengals take Christian Ponder, QB, Florida State.

A lot of mock drafts are giving the Bengals Ryan Mallett. Mallett has a cannon for an arm, a lot of questions about his character and intangibles (not that it has ever scared off the Bengals before), but played in a spread offense. QBs in a spread typically struggle when moving under center in the NFL. Ponder started three years vs. Mallett's two years. Ponder has a higher career completion percentage, doesn't have character concerns, and is used to running a pro-style offense. While he's had some injury issues, he's performed well in workouts, was the MVP of the North-South Game, and made good impressions at the Combine. Mallett may have more upside, that comes with more risk due to character concerns and coming out of a spread offense.

The other tempting pick at this spot was Corey Liuget, the DT from Illinois. He could team with Bowers and solidify the defensive line, but Cincinnati has some solid DTs already on the roster so this isn't as much a need as QB.

BTSC 2011 Community Mock Draft Selections:

ROUND 1

  1. Carolina Panthers -- Cam Newton, QB, Auburn
  2. Denver Broncos -- Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama
  3. Buffalo Bills -- Von Miller, LB, Texas A&M
  4. Cincinnati Bengals -- Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson
  5. Arizona Cardinals -- Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU
  6. Cleveland Browns -- 'The Snow Cone Machine' A.J. Green, WR, Georgia
  7. San Francisco 49ers -- Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri
  8. Tennessee Titans -- Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn
  9. Dallas Cowboys -- Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska
  10. Washington Redskins -- Robert Quinn, DE/OLB, North Carolina
  11. Houston Texans -- Aldon Smith, DE/OLB, Missouri
  12. Minnesota Vikings -- Tyron Smith, OT, USC
  13. Detroit Lions -- JJ Watt, DE, Wisconsin
  14. St. Louis Rams -- Julio Jones, WR, Alabama
  15. Miami Dolphons -- Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama
  16. Jacksonville Jaguars -- Brooks Reed , DE, Arizona
  17. New England Patriots -- Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin
  18. San Diego Chargers -- Ryan Kerrigan, DE/OLB, Purdue
  19. New York Giants -- Akeem Ayers, LB, UCLA
  20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College
  21. Kansas City Chiefs -- Martez Wilson, LB, Illinois
  22. Indianapolis Colts -- Cameron Jordan, DL, California
  23. Philadelphia Eagles -- Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado
  24. New Orleans Saints -- Justin Houston, DE/OLB, Georgia
  25. Seattle Seahawks -- Jake Locker, QB, Washington
  26. Baltimore Ravens -- Torrey Smith, WR, Maryland
  27. Atlanta Falcons -- Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa
  28. New England Patriots -- Mike Pouncey, OG, Florida
  29. Chicago Bears --Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi State
  30. New York Jets -- Muhammad Wilkerson, DT, Temple
  31. Pittsburgh Steelers -- Nate Solder, OT, Colorado
  32. Green Bay Packers -- Phil Taylor, DT, Baylor

 

ROUND 2

  1. New England Patriots -- Cameron Hayward, DE, Ohio State (33rd overall)
  2. Buffalo Bills -- Kyle Rudolph, TE, Notre Dame (34th overall)
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