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2016 NFL Mock Draft: Cincinnati Bengals Select S Karl Joseph at No. 24

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With the No. 24 pick in the 2016 DBN Community NFL Mock Draft, the Cincinnati Bengals select...

Karl Joseph, S, West Virginia

The selection and write-up were made by OhioCityBrownsBeliever:

With Paul Brown, Pete Brown, and Katie Blackburn in Cincinnati, it's a family affair for the Bengals.  Add in the experience and judgment of Duke Tobin, and the Bengals have done a fantastic job through the draft recently.  The Bengals are a talented team and draft the right way.  They did lose a lot of unrestricted free agents this offseason, including wide receivers Marvin Jones and Mohammad Sanu leaving them with a need at the wide receiver position.  Need and talent would have intersected here had Doctson or Coleman fallen to this pick.  However, the Texans and Vikings snatched those players right before our pick, sending us back to the board.

Under serious consideration here were Jonathan Bullard and Vernon Butler, both extremely talented interior defensive lineman that provide good value here.  However, there is one player available that will give the Browns and other AFC North opponents nightmares for years to come and that player is Karl Joseph.

So with the 24th pick of the draft the Bengals select safety Karl Joseph.  Joseph started at West Virginia as a true freshman and has been a team captain in Morgantown for the past 3 years.  I think he can challenge Jalen Ramsey as the best safety in this class and there is nothing he doesn't do well.  He will start immediately next to George Iloka and will probably move over to SS in the future.  Joseph can cover, has speed, provides run support, has great instincts, is a ball-hawking play maker, is a bone-crushing tackler, and the most physical player in this draft.  The only question with Joseph is the medicals as he suffered a season-ending injury in October in a non-contact drill.  But we're confident in the medicals and Joseph is expected to be 100% by training camp.  This guy is a perennial pro-bowler.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are up next, led by Legoman0721.

2016 DBN Community Mock Draft Results (so far)

Pick Team Player Position School Username
1 Los Angeles Rams Jared Goff QB California michael.hamper
2 Philadelphia Eagles Carson Wentz QB North Dakota St. Bizono
3 San Diego Chargers Jalen Ramsey DB Florida State Crawford_T
4 Dallas Cowboys Ezekiel Elliot
Ohio State
Manly and Loving It
5 Jacksonville Jaguars DeForest Buckner DE Oregon Bob Stalnaker
6 Baltimore Ravens Laremy Tunsil OT Ole Miss pt_999
7 San Francisco 49ers Joey Bosa DE Ohio State apocrylle
8 Cleveland Browns Myles Jack OLB UCLA Robo Dawg
9 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Vernon Hargreaves III CB Florida Ezweav
10 New York Giants Ronnie Stanley OT Notre Dame mrwhitman
11 Chicago Bears Jack Conklin OT Michigan State Barnestorm
12 New Orleans Saints Sheldon Rankins DT Louisville Rube Sports
13 Miami Dolphins William Jackson III CB Houston Brocolis154033
14 Oakland Raiders Andrew Billings DT Baylor makeaplay59
15 Tennessee Titans Taylor Decker OT Ohio State aszabo1
16 Detroit Lions Laquon Treadwell WR Ole Miss Mean Ol' Pete
17 Atlanta Falcons Shaq Lawson DE Clemson Mudville
18 Indianapolis Colts Darron Lee OLB Ohio State fjblessi
19 Buffalo Bills Reggie Ragland ILB Alabama GratefulDawg
20 New York Jets Paxton Lynch QB Memphis troy145
21 Washington Redskins A'Shawn Robinson DT Alabama Greg"TheDropper"Little
22 Houston Texans Corey Coleman WR Baylor Royce Groff
23 Minnesota Vikings Josh Doctson WR TCU MissinTheVicius
24 Cincinnati Bengals Karl Joseph S West Virginia OhioCityBrownsBeliever
25 Pittsburgh Steelers Legoman0721
26 Seattle Seahawks Southern Cali Dog
27 Green Bay Packers Matt Wood
28 Kansas City Chiefs Ted Washington's Belly
29 Arizona Cardinals a2342432a
30 Carolina Panthers Suppa Bob
31 Denver Broncos poultman
32 Cleveland Browns Adam Rice