Bengals NFL Draft based on consensus big board

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Fourth-round 149th overall, D’Ante Smith OT | East Carolina

The Bengals selecting an OL with three of their first five picks in the NFL Draft would help protect Burrow in the future. All signs point towards a WR in the first two rounds. Smith is 6’5 305 pounds and started 29 games over the past three seasons for East Carolina. Smith is athletic for his size as a former high school wrestler.

Smith has experience with the Pirates playing guard and tackle. Smith started every game in 2018 and 2019 at left tackle for ECU. After suffering an injury in the 2020 season opener, Smith opted out of the rest of the season to get ready for the NFL Draft. Smith would be a good addition for the Bengals to add OL depth.

Fifth-round 190th overall Zech McPhearson CB | Texas Tech

McPhearson’s draft stock skyrocketed in late March from 770th on the Consensus Big Board to 286th and has continued to rise to his current spot ranked 190th. The Bengals signed Chidobe Awuzie and Mike Hilton at cornerback in free agency so the position is not as much of a need as it was at the end of the 2020 season.