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BGN 2010 Mock Draft Pick #21 - The Cincinnati Bengals

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With the 21st pick in the 2010 BGN Draft, Bob_Q selects...

Dez Bryant - WR, Oklahoma State

Frankly, I'm surprised that one of the top receivers in this year's draft has fallen this far. Were this the case in the actual draft, I think it would be pretty hard for the Bengals to pass on the opportunity to snatch Bryant up. With the departure of #2 wideout Laveranues Coles via free agency, Cincinnati is left with a 32 year old Chad Ochocinco and an oft-injured Antonio Bryant as their starting receivers.

Acquiring Dez Bryant would not only inject some youth into the WR corps, but would also provide an explosive element to the punt return game. While he certainly doesn't have the speed of a DeSean Jackson, Bryant plays very physical football and will prove difficult for opposing special teams to tackle. He is also a redzone threat who possesses superior jumping ability. His vertical jump of 38 inches puts him in the top 10 of WR prospects and his broad jump of 11 feet tops just about every prospect in the draft.

The 6'2" 210 lb Bryant had a prolific three years at Oklahoma State, racking up 2,425 yards off of 147 receptions and proving to be a redzone threat by adding 29 touchdowns. He also has a career average of 16.8 yards per punt return and two return touchdowns. Those numbers become even more impressive when you examine his sophomore year, where he caught 87 passes for 1,480 yards and 19 TDs, plus two additional TDs off punt returns. This, of course, is ignoring his suspension for the majority of 2009, which dilutes his career stats a bit.

Overall, while wide receiver is certainly not the Bengals' top need this offseason, a draft-day tumble by Bryant would likely prove to be too enticing an opportunity for the front office to pass up.

Next on the clock will be The Charles with the New England Patriots.

Previous picks: #1 Ndamukong Suh, #2 Russell Okung, #3 Gerald McCoy, #4 Sam Bradford, #5 Eric Berry, #6 Trent Williams, #7 Jimmy Clausen, #8 Bruce Campbell, #9 Bryan Bulaga, #10 Derrick Morgan, #11 Rolando McClain, #12 Sergio Kindle, #13 Joe Haden, #14 C.J. Spiller, #15 Mike Iupati, #16 Jason Pierre-Paul, #17 Anthony Davis, #18 Kyle Wilson, #19 Brandon Graham, #20 Dan Williams