Round 3: Pick 73, Ethan Pocic OL LSU
Here the Bengals get some much-needed depth along the offensive line. Pocic could come in and win the starting center or right guard spot. Either way, Russell Bodine needs some competition so he doesn’t get too comfortable. He’s also entering a contract year, so the team could draft his replacement here.
Pocic is versatile enough to play any of the interior line spots. I’d be willing to bet he could step out to tackle too if needed. That versatility is coveted among NFL teams. Pocic here would provide great value and fill a position of need.
The offensive line is a big question mark this year. It’s tempting to reach for the top OL at 9, but that doesn’t help the team this year or help Marvin Lewis earn another contract. Pocic here can shore up the immediate depth and push for one of those starting spots.
Round 4: Pick 116, Kareem Hunt RB Toledo
Rather than take a top RB, the Bengals look for this years’ Jordan Howard. While not similar in size, Hunt could be the guy this year who people ask why he wasn’t drafted sooner. He had the production and tape to transfer his skills to the NFL.
The Bengals have made it clear they are looking to add a running back this draft. They’ve hosted many of the top RB’s this offseason, but that doesn’t mean they are looking to spend a high pick on one. Year after year, the NFL Draft proves you can find a quality RB on days two and three. Here, hunt immediately fills the void left by Rex Burkhead (You may recall he signed with the dark side).