The Cincinnati Bengals have the opportunity to go 10-for-10 in the draft — A “perfect” score. That would be quite the feat. It may all depend on how well one player performs in Sunday’s afternoon matchup with the Miami Dolphins.
The Bengals going 10-for-10 would be incredibly impressive after going 7-for-7 in last year’s draft.
Just as a reminder, the 2021 draft for the Bengals was as follows:
- Rnd 1: Ja’Marr Chase
- Rnd 2: Jackson Carman
- Rnd 3: Joseph Ossai
- Rnd 4: Cameron Sample
- Rnd 4: Tyler Shelvin
- Rnd 4: D’Ante Smith
- Rnd 5: Evan McPherson
- Rnd 6: Trey Hill
- Rnd 6: Chris Evans
- Rnd 7: Wyatt Hubert
Chase, Carman, Sample, Smith, McPherson, and Evans are all locks. Hubert, unfortunately, tore his pectoral muscle in training camp and is out for the year. Yes, this is a technicality, but he is on the roster. With that said, there is a good chance that he would have made the team if he did not get injured.
Ossai will, of course, will not be released. The only question that remains is will be placed on season-ending IR or IR designated to return.
The biggest question to if the Bengals roster will contain all ten draft picks is center Trey Hill. He is the rookie draft pick who has the most to prove with the last preseason game. Hill should get plenty of opportunities. He performed admirably in the game against Tampa Bay. Against Washington, he had his ups and downs, but the potential is clearly there.
If he can show that he can hold up better at the guard spot Sunday, he could secure his role as a backup center/guard.
In doing so, the Bengals will have gone 10-for-10 with their draft picks.
Another reminder, the 2020 Bengals draft was:
- Rnd 1: Joe Burrow
- Rnd 2: Tee Higgins
- Rnd 3: Logan Wilson
- Rnd 4: Akeem Davis-Gaither
- Rnd 5: Khalid Kareem
- Rnd 6: Hakeem Adeniji
- Rnd 7: Markus Bailey
17-for-17 in the last two drafts. This is a great foundation to build upon moving forward.