Ranking every active 2021 Bengals rookie through Week 12

Ja'Marr Chase, Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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The Cincinnati Bengals drafted 10 players in the 2021 NFL Draft and we’ve seen seven of them suit up at least once this season. Before we dive into the rankings, let’s revisit all 10 picks for the Bengals, even the ones we won’t be discussing today.

  • Round  1: Pick 5 – Ja’Marr Chase
  • Round 2: Pick 46 – Jackson Carman
  • Round 3: Pick 69 – Joseph Ossai
  • Round 4: Pick 111 – Cameron Sample
  • Round 4: Pick 122 – Tyler Shelvin
  • Round 4: Pick 139 – D’Ante Smith
  • Round 5: Pick 149 – Evan McPherson
  • Round 6: Pick 190 – Trey Hill
  • Round 6: Pick 202 – Chris Evans
  • Round 7: Pick 235 – Wyatt Hubert

Ossai and Hubert were both injured over the summer so we haven’t been able to see them play, unfortunately. Smith was active at the beginning of the season but landed on IR last month without having played a snap for the team.

So, without anything to go off of, it didn’t make sense to include those three in the rankings. That leaves us with Chase, Carman, Sample, Shelvin, McPherson, Hill, and Evans. Let’s dive right in.

7. Tyler Shelvin

Had Tyler Shelvin not appeared in the blowout loss to the Browns, he wouldn’t have appeared on this list since we wouldn’t have anything to go off of. We still don’t have much to judge him on, as he’s appeared in one game and appeared in just 8% of the defensive snaps.

Some people honestly might have forgotten that Shelvin was even on the roster but we did finally get to see him do something. The guy is massive, weighing in at 6’3″ and 346 pounds, so he’ll be impossible for offensive linemen to block when he is able to have a bigger role.

For now, however, we have to put Shelvin in the last spot since we don’t have much to go off of.