Cincinnati Bengals LB depth chart ahead of 2022 NFL Draft

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Backups: Akeem Davis-Gaither and Markus Bailey

Logan Wilson wasn’t the only linebacker that Cincinnati added in the 2020 draft. One round after  they took Wilson, the Bengals grabbed Appalachian State’s Akeem Davis-Gaither.

Davis-Gaither responded well, appearing in all 16 games of his rookie season and notching 31 tackles and 0.5 sacks. In year two, he appeared in nine games before getting banged up but he still nearly passed his total tackles from the year before with 28 on his resumé. Let’s hope the Appalachian State product takes another step forward in year three.

Markus Bailey was yet another linebacker the Bengals selected in the 2020 draft and they drafted the Purdue product in the seventh round. Bailey probably would have gone higher but he battled injuries during his collegiate career, only appearing in two during the 2019 season.

Bailey has done well with the Bengals, though, and appeared in all but one game for the stripes last year. He tallied 38 tackles, three defended passes, one QB hit, and 0.5 sacks, proving he can be a solid backup for this team.