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2022 NFL Draft Review: Cincinnati Bengals

Adrian Holman

Last season, the Cincinnati Bengals went from last place to first place in the AFC South Division with a 10-7 record. Then, the Bengals went on one of the best postseason runs in NFL history with wins over the Las Vegas Raiders, the Tennessee Titans, and the Kansas City Chiefs. As AFC champs, Cincinnati lost to the Los Angeles Rams 23-20 in the Super Bowl.

Who Dey? We know who the Bengals are now. In order for Cincinnati to repeat as AFC champions, the Bengals needed to add some more reinforcements in the NFL Draft. Fortunately, the Bengals addressed their biggest weakness at offensive line by signing OT La'el Collins, G Alex Kappa, and C Ted Karras in free agency. Let's take a look at what Cincinnati addressed in this NFL Draft.

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Round 1, Pick 31: Daxton Hill - S - Michigan (6'0", 191 lbs, 70 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, 2 INT, 9 pass break-ups).

Hill was a first-team All-Big Ten selection for the Wolverines at safety last season. He has the versatility to play at either strong safety or free safety while having the capability to cover in the slot as a nickel corner. He should see plenty of playing time right away.

Round 2, Pick 28: Cam Taylor-Britt - CB - Nebraska (5'11", 196 lbs, 51 tackles, 1 INT, 11 pass break-ups, 1 blocked kick).

Taylor-Britt is a read-and-react corner that is great at disrupting passes. He should see some time as a back-up corner and on special teams.

Round 3, Pick 31: Zach Carter - DE - Florida (6'4", 282 lbs, 11 tackles for loss, 8 sacks, 2 pass break-ups).

Carter was a play-maker on the outside as a defensive end and as an interior rusher on nickel sets. He should see some time on passing downs due to his versatility. He could see some time on special teams as well because he blocked two kicks in his college career as well.

Round 4, Pick 31: Cordell Volson - G - North Dakota State (6'6", 315 lbs)

Volson started at both tackle positions during his college career, but will more than likely be moved to guard for the Bengals. Nevertheless, his flexibility at either guard or at tackle adds depth to Cincinnati's offensive line.

Round 5, Pick 23: Tycen Anderson - S - Toledo (6'2", 209 lbs, 44 tackles, 2 pass break-ups).

Anderson has athletic abilities (4.36 40 time) that did not match his production on the field. Anderson will be given time to develop.

Round 7, Pick 31: Jeffrey Gunter - DE - Coastal Carolina (6'4", 258 lbs, 10 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles).

Gunter adds even more depth to the Bengals defensive line.

After addressing the offensive line in free agency, the Bengals were able to work on their other big issue of defensive depth. That depth could be the difference in retaining the division title because the AFC will be even better than last season. Grade: C+.

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