The 2014 NFL Draft enters its final day today, with rounds four through seven on tap. The Cincinnati Bengals have spent the first three rounds upgrading a couple of key positions. Now they’ll look to add value in their late round picks, something they’ve excelled at in recent years. Who is left that could be the next draft steal? Here’s a look at some of the players the Bengals could be targeting.
Tom Savage, Quarterback: There was a lot of buzz about Savage going in the early rounds, but as the draft enters day three, he’s still available. The Bengals were definitely interested, making him the only quarterback they brought to Cincinnati for a visit. He has a big arm, but his decision-making is lacking at times.
James Hurst, Offensive Tackle: Injury pushed Hurst down the draft board, but he was a probably day two pick before he got hurt. He’s experienced and technically sound, especially effective in the run game. He’s susceptible to power rushers, but the Bengals need depth at tackle, and Hurst has some value as a late pick.
David Yankey, Offensive Guard: The Bengals could elect to take an interior lineman, and Yankey is the best available. He’s experience and athletic, with great footwork. He is also intelligent and hard-working, something the Bengals coaches covet. He’d be a great addition and possible starter early on.
Yawin Smallwood, Linebacker: Smallwood is a linebacker who makes a lot of plays. His measurables hurt his draft stock, but his talent is obvious. He blitzes well, and plays the run terrifically. He’s also solid in coverage. He could add more youth and talent to a young group of Cincinnati linebackers.
Telvin Smith, Linebacker: If the Bengals want speed, the Smith could be their guy. He’s undersized for a linebacker, but he is a pure athlete. He can play in coverage and move all over the field. He has a knack for finding the ball and making the play. He would be great value as well.
Antone Exum, Cornerback: Exum is another player coming off of an injury, but he’s a versatile player who can play cornerback and safety. He does a great job in coverage, with a corner’s ability to locate the ball and make a play on it.