Round 4 Pick 106: Haskell Garrett, DT, Ohio State
The Bengals continue to add to their defensive line in the fourth round, this time focusing on the interior. Haskell Garrett of Ohio State would be a steal on day three of the draft with the potential to develop into a solid starter in the league.
Garrett would bring a level of toughness to the Bengals that not many others could. Before the Buckeyes’ 2020 season began, the senior defensive tackle was shot in the face while trying to break up a fight between a man and a woman he had encountered while walking in the campus area.
Despite this, Garrett was able to play for the Buckeyes this season and be one of the most impactful players on their defensive line. Garrett’s amazing story shows his ability to respond to adversity and should make whatever team gets him thrilled about the player who fell into their laps.
Round 5 Pick 145: Reed Blankenship, safety, Middle Tennessee State
Backup safeties Shawn Williams and Brandon Wilson both entering free agency this offseason. The Bengals will have a depth problem behind their strong starting pair. Reed Blankenship is a small-school prospect who looks great on tape.
Despite his impressive body of work, his draft stock will be hurt by the level of competition he faced in college. The Bengals should take advantage of this and be the team to take a chance on Blankenship.