Bengals Mock Draft: 5 first-round targets for Cincinnati

Leigh Oleszczak
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Myjai Sanders, EDGE (Cincinnati)

Another local draft target comes in the form of Myjai Sanders, who — despite not having as good of a season as Cincinnati fans are accustomed to — is still someone who could make noise as a pass-rusher.

The 6’5″ 260-pound defensive end had seven sacks through 10 games last year and while he, unfortunately, hasn’t notched a single sack this year, the production is there from Sanders. The Bengals struck gold with Trey Hendrickson in free agency but they need to continue adding help at pass-rusher.

Joseph Ossai should hopefully return to the lineup next year, which will help the pass rush, but imagine Hendrickson, Ossai, Sanders, and Sam Hubbard together upfront. The Bengals pass rush would be one of the most feared in the league.

While Sanders is someone the Bengals should eye, unless they have a late first-round pick, they might want to wait until round two to grab the Bearcat defender.

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I mentioned that the Bengals needed help at cornerback, offensive line, safety, and tight end, and I listed all of those positions here except for tight end. That’s because this year’s tight end class isn’t that impressive. Cincinnati definitely won’t want to spend a first-round pick on a tight end unless someone really breaks through in the final month of the season.