5 prospects in play if the Bengals trade down in 2022 NFL Draft

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Perrion Winfrey, DL (Oklahoma)

There is nothing more disturbing for a quarterback than a pass rush from up the middle. Whoa, I just had a case of déjà vu.

Winfrey stands at 6’4″, 290 pounds, and runs a 4.8 40. Humans as big as Winfrey and Hall are not supposed to run that fast. Winfrey’s speed and acceleration show when you watch him. He uses his explosiveness and quickness to get around the corner on stunts and twists.

Winfrey also plays with incredible power; So much so that he can sometimes power through double teams.

Winfrey is quick and strong enough to play anywhere on the interior of the defensive line, but he feels at his best when he can rush from the three-technique.

Winfrey finished last season with 23 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, and 5.5 sacks.

Right now, PFF ranks Winfrey 81st overall. That is much too low for what he can provide an NFL team. Mock Draft Database has him going in the second round and ranks him 54th overall. NFL Draft Buzz’s All Scouts Average overall ranking has him at 62.

If the Bengals were to miss out on a good interior pass rusher, Cincinnati could go with Winfrey, who has the physical tools and upside.

He only played two years at Oklahoma, so he has some room to get even better.

Hopefully, a very talented player will fall to them at 31. Like that, we will not have waited around all night (or morning) for nothing. If they trade back, it is great to know that our Cincinnati Bengals have a plan and a few great options.

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