9 hidden-gem prospects Bengals should target on Day 3 of 2022 draft

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Sixth Round

Dontario Drummond, WR (Ole Miss)

Dontario Drummond is one of the more underrated wideouts in this class. The Ole Miss senior is on the older side at 24 years old and he ran a 4.65 40.

Nevertheless, Drummond is a sure-handed receiver who consistently got open against SEC competition and that is why he became Matt Corral’s favorite target. Drummond finished his 2021 campaign with 76 catches, 1,028 yards, and eight touchdowns.

Drummond also showed that he could be a reliable punt returner when given the opportunity. Last year he averaged 11.2 yards on punt returns.

Joe Mixon is another reason the Bengals should be interested in the Ole Miss receiver. Drummond is a phenomenal downfield blocker in the run game, capable of making highlight-type blocks.

Player Profiler lists his best comparable as former Bengals star receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh. The Houshmandzadeh comparison is excellent for their college production, athletic profiles, and projected draft positions.

Right now, PFF ranks Drummond 207th overall. Mock Draft Database has him at 225, one spot before the Bengals make their first selection in the seventh round.

Drummond is an excellent target in the sixth round. However, if he makes it to the seventh, we will be talking about him as one of the “steals” of the draft.

Danny Gray, WR (SMU)

SMU wide receiver Danny Gray is a speed threat but unfortunately, he does not have the production that one would hope for from a receiver who clocked in at 4.33 at the combine. That is not just “track” speed.

Gray plays just as fast, which was highlighted in the Senior Bowl when he was timed at 22.01 mph while playing. The fourth-fastest time since the Senior Bowl started measuring on-field analytics.

While Gray was not asked to do it much at SMU, he can return punts and kicks.

As of this moment, Mock Draft Database has Gray ranked at 193rd and PFF ranks him at 197th. Cincinnati has the 174th and 209th picks. They could “reach” in the fifth round or take a chance to get a “steal” in the sixth.

If the Bengals were looking for another receiver with break-away speed, they could do worse than Danny Gray.