6 options at cornerback for the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2022 NFL Draft

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2. Coby Bryant (Cincinnati)

  • 23-years-old 
  • 6’1″, 191 pounds

Coby Bryant is often shadowed by his teammate Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner, who is an expected top 10 pick. Bryant has been one of the best and most durable cornerbacks in the country for the last two seasons for Cincinnati.

Bryant logged a team-high 11 pass breakups to go with 42 tackles (one for loss) and three interceptions while forcing three fumbles and scoring three touchdowns. His QB rating when targeted was a career-best 61.0. He won the Jim Thorpe Award, given to the nation’s top defensive back, one of only two Group of 5 winners in its history.

He is expected to go in the third or fourth round but his value within that round is extensive. He has proven himself to be one of the best corners in the country and has plenty of experience playing 12+ games in each of the last two seasons. In addition, Bryants’ leadership and IQ are often raved about as one of his strong suits.

He has a very good feel for the game and knows his spots and what he can do well. Coby plays very aggressively and is an above-average tackler who’s not afraid to put his body into tough spots to make a play.

In addition, he doesn’t shy away from the moment; he is a very team-oriented player, which will make him a highly considered prospect for the Cincinnati Bengals if they don’t select a corner in rounds earlier.