2014 NN community mock draft: With the 55th pick, the Cincinnati Bengals select ...

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The 2014 Niners Nation NFL mock draft is off and running. We move on to the Cincinnati Bengals, courtesy of user BearAKA.

We're back for the 55th pick of the 2014 Niners Nation Community Mock Draft. You can see previous picks below in the draft table. You can also follow the mock draft board through this story stream.

With the 55th pick of the 2014 NFL Draft, BearAKA and the Cincinnati Bengals select Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State. He also considered offensive linemen Weston Richburg and Marcus Martin, defensive end Dominque Easley, and wide receivers Allen Robinson and Donte Moncrief. Here are his thoughts on the pick:

Other options that I considered were either Weston Richburg or Marcus Martin to upgrade the center position. In the end I felt like the options left in the 3rd round wouldn't be enough of a drop off to justify grabbing a Center here. That's also why I didn't grab Allen Robinson or Donte Moncrief. I also considered Dominque Easley but his knees (or the lack there of) scare the crap out of me.

Defensive End is another big need for the Bengals. Michael Johnson signed with the Bucs and Margus Hunt hasn't looked like he is a starting caliber defensive end. If someone like Marqise Lee or Kelvin Benjamin had fallen then I would probably take them here but I am very happy with Scott Crichton. To be honest, if Tre hadn't taken Ford I would want him to take Crichton with the next pick.

Enough about all that though, let's talk about Crichton. The reason why I picked him and really, really, really want the Niners to pick him is because he reminds me of Justin freakin Smith. Here are two scouting reports. One is Smiths and one is Crichton's, see if you can match them up right.

1. "Possesses a well-built frame with good overall musculature. Times the snap well, showing good initial quickness off the ball to cross the face of offensive tackles. He uses his hands very well, frequently chopping and ripping through opponents' attempts to latch onto him and possesses good core strength, showing the ability to simply bull-rush would-be blockers into the pocket. Holds up well in the running game, showing the power to anchor, as well as lateral agility and balance to string plays out to the sideline. Good strength in his hands to grab hold of ball-carriers for the drag-down tackle. High-revving motor. Pursues laterally and downfield with passion. Time in the weight room has been obvious, as [omitted] has added over 30 pounds to his frame since his high school days. While possessing an impressive build, [Omitted]'s physique does not lend itself well to flexibility, however, making him a bit stiff when changing directions. Further, he does not possess ideal straight-line speed for the position and relies more on anticipation rather than closing speed to track down ball-carriers. As such, [Omitted] is limited to the schemes and roles in which he's likely to be successful in the NFL. [Omitted] isn't an elite athlete but he takes full advantage of the traits he does possess and plays with a terrific motor."[1]

2. "He is a tough football player, will play hurt and has proven to be very durable. [Omitted] consistently chases the ball and makes plays downfield and from the backside in pursuit. He is a physical hitter and pretty good wrap-up tackler who is capable of jarring the ball loose. In the running game, he is difficult for most tight ends to handle and does a fine job of staying square to the line of scrimmage. He stays disciplined with his run lanes...Off the snap, he has good, but not great quickness. He has several pass rush moves and continues to improve his skills and repertoire of countermoves, but many of his sacks are the result of hustle. [Omitted] doesn't excel in any one area of his game, nor is he glaringly deficient in any area. He isn't particularly fluid and cannot bend the edge like many of the elite pass rushers in the league. He is a liability against pass-catching running backs and tight ends, but he is light on his feet when moving in reverse. He can be slow to change directions and will occasionally come out of his stance too upright and expose too much of his chest to opposing blockers. He can also be a bit slow to shed bigger blockers."[2]

The first scouting report is on Crichton and was written by Rob Rang, the second is Smith's and it was...copied and pasted by Fooch in 2008 before Smith signed with the Niners.

[1] Rang, Rob. "Sports." CBS.com. 28 Apr. 2014.
[2] Fucillo, David. "Should/will the 49ers sign Bengals DE Justin Smith? Niners Nation. 22 Feb. 2008.

Nick Chiamardas: Adding depth along the defensive line is always key for most teams heading into the draft. The Bengals lost Micheal Johnson this off-season but it was anticipated. They did draft Margus Hunt in the second round last year and have high expectations for him. Crichton's power and strength and active hand should help him see plenty of playing time this season.

Round 1

1.

wiseguy545

Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina [Full Story]

2.

El Shorts Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn [Full Story]

3.

9er4life22 Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville [Full Story]

4.

Boss Clifford Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson [Full Story]

5.

Mark Balliet Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M [Full Story]

6.

CheekeeMunkee Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo [Full Story]

7.

TopFlightSecurity Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M [Full Story]

8.

Hoopers Judge Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida [Full Story]

9.

jmart7 Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina [Full Story]

10.

germinator Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA [Full Story]

11.

49feelinfine Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State [Full Story]

12.

superk0725 Taylor Lewan, OL, Michigan [Full Story]

13.

El Shorts Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama [Full Story]

14.

BryKno Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh [Full Story]

15.

SigepPT49er C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama [Full Story]

16.

Mira Loma Maulers Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M [Full Story]

17.

JMichael39 Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State [Full Story]

18.

Desert Dog Runner Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State [Full Story]

19.

albert.55 Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame [Full Story]

20.

MidnightSpecial Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville [Full Story]

21.

Rowingdave Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State [Full Story]

22.

MisterEclectic Jason Verrett, CB, TCU [Full Story]

23.

Rowingdave Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU [Full Story]

24.

BearAKA Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech [Full Story]

25.

CraigRED&GOLD Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame [Full Story]

26.

Boss Clifford Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State [Full Story]

27.

Roy_from_Israel Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri [Full Story]

28.

dave.bocchino Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State [Full Story]

29.

49ersCusefan Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State [Full Story]

30.

Tre9er Dee Ford, DE/OLB, Auburn [Full Story]

31.

ak4niner Xavier Su'a-Filo, OG, UCLA [Full Story]

32.

timmyg24 Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia [Full Story]

Round 2

1. (33)

wiseguy545 Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois [Full Story]

2. (34)

THETONY#1 Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama [Full Story]

3. (35)

Boss Clifford Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State [Full Story]

4. (36)

Mark Balliett Kyle Van Noy, OLB, BYU [Full State]

5. (37)

CheekeeMunkee

Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State [Full State]

6. (38)

TopFlightSecurity Marqise Lee, WR, USC [Full Story]

7. (39)

9er4life22 Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech [Full Story]

8. (40)

Hoopers Judge Jimmie Ward, S, Northern Illinois [Full Story]

9. (41)

jmart7 Lamarcus Joyner, CB, Florida State [Full Story]

10. (42)

49feelinfine Jeremiah Attaochu, OLB, Georgia Tech [Full Story]

11. (43)

superk0725 Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State [Full Story]

12. (44)

El Shorts Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt [Full Story]

13. (45)

germinator Cody Latimer, WR, WR, Indiana [Full Story]

14. (46)

SigepPT49er Deone Bucannon, S, Washington State [Full Story]

15. (47)

Mira Loma Maulers Demarcus Lawrence, DE, Boise State [Full Story]

16. (48)

JMichael39 Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State [Full Story]

17. (49)

Desert Dog Runner Pierre Desir, CB, Lindenwood [Full Story]

18. (50)

albert.55 Chris Borland, ILB, Wisconsin [Full Story]

19. (51)

BryKno Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska [Full Story]

20. (52)

MidnightSpecial Ra'Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota [Full Story]

21. (53)

Rowingdave Joel Bitonio, OL, Nevada [Full Story]

22. (54)

MisterEclectic Martavis Bryant, WR, Clemson [Full Story]

23. (55)

BearAKA Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State [Full Story]

24. (56)

Tre9er

25. (57)

CraigRED&GOLD

26. (58)

Roy_from_Israel

27. (59)

Cnnrvydt

28. (60)

dave.bocchino

29. (61)

Tre9er

30. (62)

49ersCusefan

31. (63)

ak4niner

32. (64)

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