3. Tyler Shelvin
With one of their fourth-round picks in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Bengals selected Tyler Shelvin out of LSU, which has become Cincinnati’s favorite school to draft out of apparently.
Shelvin was brought in to help the Bengals stop the run, something they struggled tremendously with in 2020. While having a healthy D.J. Reader back in the lineup and free-agent addition Larry Ogunjobi have made key differences in this aspect, Shelvin hasn’t been able to find his way onto the field.
The LSU product made his NFL debut this past Sunday in the blowout loss to Cleveland but still only managed to appear in 8% of the defensive snaps. While fourth-round picks aren’t always making an impact right off the bat, the Bengals expected Shelvin to be a bigger part of the defensive game plan and he hasn’t been involved at all.
Defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo spoke to the media on Monday and mentioned that Shelvin has been “a little up and down” to this point. He’s hoping to see some improvement in the second half, as we all are.
While Shelvin could turn things around through the final eight games, as of now, he’s offered nothing to the team.