NFL Draft 2022: Cincinnati Bengals Draft Analysis From The College Perspective

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NFL Draft 2022: Cincinnati Bengals Draft Analysis From The College Perspective

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NFL Draft 2022: Cincinnati Bengals Draft Analysis From The College Perspective

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2022 NFL Draft: From the college perspective, Cincinnati Bengals draft analysis, picks, best value selection, and biggest reach


NFL Draft 2022: Cincinnati Bengals Draft Analysis

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Cincinnati Bengals Draft Picks: NFL Draft 2022

1 (31) S Daxton Hill, Michigan
2 (60) CB Cam Taylor-Britt, Nebraska
3 (95) DE Zachary Carter, Florida
4 (136) OT Cordell Volson, North Dakota State
5 (166) S Tycen Anderson, Toledo
7 (252) LB Jeffrey Gunter, Coastal Carolina

Cincinnati Bengals Draft Analysis: NFL Draft 2022

– The Bengals set the bar way high after getting Joe Burrow two years ago and Ja’Marr Chase last year, but those two went in the top four. They didn’t have a pick until the 31, but they had three of the top 95 picks. They didn’t exactly address their needs, though.

– They might have worked on the offensive line through free agency, but they didn’t get a blocker until Cordell Volson at the 136, and there’s a reason.

They were never quite there when the decent O linemen were around. The value picks for the front five weren’t available at the 31 and the 60, so …

– For where they were drafting, getting Daxton Hill and Cam Taylor-Britt to add tons of speed to the secondary was nice.

Tycen Anderson in the fifth? That might be a steal if he sticks. However, they didn’t get a corner, didn’t really do anything for the O line with a meaningful pick, and they didn’t help the linebacking corps.

Cincinnati Bengals Best Value Pick, Biggest Reach, Late Flier: 2022 NFL Draft

Best Value Pick: 2 (60) CB Cam Taylor-Britt, Nebraska

Biggest Reach: 4 (136) OT Cordell Volson, North Dakota State

Late Flier That Might Work: (166) S Tycen Anderson, Toledo

Cincinnati Bengals 2021 Draft Picks

1 (5) WR Ja’Marr Chase, LSU
2 (46) OT/OG Jackson Carman, Clemson
3 (69) EDGE Joseph Ossai, Texas
4 (111) DE Cameron Sample, Tulane
4 (122) DT Tyler Shelvin, LSU
4 (139) OT D’Ante Smith, East Carolina
5 (149) PK Evan McPherson, Florida
6 (190) C Trey Hill, Georgia
6 (202) RB Chris Evans, MIchigan
7 (235) DE Wyatt Hubert, Kansas State

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Cincinnati Bengals Needs, Pre-Draft Analysis: NFL Draft 2022

– How do you rise up and go from awful to the Super Bowl? It helped to get the No. 1 overall pick in 2020 and nail the Joe Burrow pick, but it’s more than that. The Bengals have been able to get shocking production out of a whole lot of later picks, too.

At least, the Bengals have been strong since whiffing on John Ross with the 9th overall pick in 2017 – however, they took Joe Mixon that year, too.

The offensive line is still a need even after going big in free agency, but the secondary could use the most help. A corner would be good, a playmaking safety would be better, and the most parts thrown at the concern, the better. They have three of the top 95 picks – the first rounder is the 31st – to do it.

So who’ll be there in the first round for Cincinnati? Who’ll be the likely best defensive back available? Baylor S Jalen Pitre would be a shot, and it would be great if Washington CB Kyler Gordon or Clemson CB Andrew Booth would slide on down.

The problem is that if offensive lineman is a must, the 63 might not be the right spot for the interior. Memphis OG Dylan Parham and UCLA’s Sean Rhyan would be okay, but both would be a stretch.

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