5 prospects in play if the Bengals trade down in 2022 NFL Draft
By Glenn Adams
Cameron Thomas, EDGE (San Diego State)
Cameron Thomas was used all over the defensive line while at San Diego State but he eventually settled in as an edge defender. Thomas did many things that Lou Anarumo likes to do with his ends. For example, Thomas can rush from a two-point stance (standing up) and a three-point stance (hand in the dirt, as they say).
He should not be used in coverage or as a spy against mobile quarterbacks.
The Aztecs’ defensive end generated the most quarterback pressures among all edge rushers in the Power 5 with 77. That is even more than Michigan’s Aidan Hutchinson.
This past season, Thomas accumulated 71 tackles, 20.5 tackles for loss, and 10.5 sacks. Only future first-round picks, Devin Lloyd and Will Anderson Jr. had more tackles for loss.
Thomas’ production at San Diego State was better than even Joseph Ossai’s at Texas. With Ossai coming back from injury, the Bengals could try to spend more time in the opponent’s offensive backfield with the selection of Thomas while adding extra picks in the process.
Right now, PFF has Thomas ranked 55th overall. Mock Draft Database lists him 52nd overall.
Logan Hall, DL (Houston)
There is nothing more disturbing for a quarterback than a pass rush from up the middle. That is what Logan Hall could provide as part of a defensive rotation for the Bengals.
Hall has a great blend of speed and power but he uses mainly his explosiveness and a quick first step to win against unsuspecting interior linemen.
Hall’s athletic profile is fantastic for someone his size. He measures 6’6″, 283 pounds, and ran a 4.8 40. He also tested in the top 90% in the 3-cone drill and top 80% in both the 10-yard spit and 20-yard shuttle.
Last year, Hall finished with 47 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, and six sacks. It was by far the best season of his Cougars career.
Right now, PFF ranks him 52nd. Mock Draft Database has Hall at 39. NFL Draft Buzz has his overall rank at 50.