6 options at cornerback for the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2022 NFL Draft
3. Andrew Booth Jr. (Clemson)
- 6’0″, 200 pounds
If he’s available, Andrew Booth Jr. could be the best-case scenario for the Cincinnati Bengals at pick 31 but don’t expect Booth to slip to Day 2. He will more than likely get drafted before the Bengals pick at No. 31, or he will be selected by Cincinnati when they pick.
Booth Jr was a five-star prospect coming out of high school in Georgia and chose Clemson over other top schools like Georgia. Booth is very talented in coverage because of his strong and aggressive demeanor. He is very good at shedding through blocks and approaching players with good senses and good tackling ability.
He has a lot of upsides and has an NFL build, which will make the transition a lot easier, so many consider him NFL ready. Booth is a player many scouts believe can develop into the type of cornerback that you can leave on an island and eventually be that cornerback’s number one type of player.
With the Bengals potentially having multiple key free agents hitting the market over the next 3-4 seasons, having a guy they know can replace someone in the secondary as the lead man will be significant and essential to the stripes’ future.
If Cincinnati can land a guy like Booth, pairing him with Awuzie and Hilton gives them potentially three above-average cornerbacks that have the trust to guard the best receiver on the opposing team. Nonetheless, Booth will still have to fall further than expected to find his way to Cincinnati.