Round 4: Pick 116 Josh Reynolds, WR Texas A&M
- 40-yard dash: 4.52 seconds
- Vertical jump: 37 inches
- 3 cone drill: 6.83 seconds
Reynolds talked about his NFL fit and mentioned playing alongside A.J. Green. I’ll take it. By grabbing Howard in round one, the team can sit back at the “skill position” until day three. Reynolds can potentially fill the number 2 spot opposite Green if the team doesn’t sign anyone in free agency. NFL.com goes further by comparing him to Marvin Jones. That would definitely be a score in round 4.
Round 4: Pick 138* DeMarcus Walker, DE Florida State
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- Bench press: 18 reps
The first compensatory pick for the Bengals in this year’s draft goes to add more depth to the front 7. Walker has been mocked anywhere in rounds 2-4 so there is some gray area here.
Walker has the production at a big school that the Bengals like. The only thing he lacks is the individual testing numbers. Also, at 6’3″, he’s a little shorter than the Bengals would like at DE. But, he could very well rush the passer from the inside if called upon.
Round 5: Pick 153 Alex Anzalone, LB Florida
- 40-yard dash: 4.63
- Bench press: 16 reps
If Anzalone could stay healthy throughout his career, he may be in first round consideration. Sadly, serious injuries have plagued him to this point.
A talented 3 down backer, if Anzalone can kick the injury bug and stay healthy, he can be a solid pickup for the team.
Round 5: Pick 176* James Connor, RB Pitt
- 40-yard dash: 4.65 seconds
- Bench press: 20 reps
- Broad jump: 113 inches
Every year I find a couple of guys who, I feel, would be excellent additions to the Bengals. This year, the first two that stand out are McDowell and Connor.
I don’t think this is the year to draft an early RB. It’s a loaded position, but grabbing one of the top 3 or 4 guys won’t put us over the top. Here we pick up a guy, who if not hurt, would be going higher.
Connor ran slow enough to be available on Day 3 of the draft, but still faster than Burkhead, whom he would essentially be replacing.