Bengals have a chance to put together 3 consecutive perfect drafts
The Cincinnati Bengals have a chance to have three consecutive “perfect” drafts. All 17 picks from the previous two drafts currently remain on the roster.
With those picks and the number of free agents the Bengals have brought, Zac Taylor’s coaching staff has meshed well with Duke Tobin and the front office.
Only three draft picks remain from Taylor’s first draft in 2019. They are Jonah Williams, Drew Sample, and Germaine Pratt.
The players no longer with the team from that draft are Ryan Finley (QB), Renell Wren (DT), Michael Jordan (OG), Trayveon Williams (RB), Deshaun Davis (LB), Rodney Anderson (RB), and Jordan Brown (CB).
However, since 2019, the Bengals roster has all draft selections from 2020 and 2021.
The 2020 draft went as follows:
- Round 1: Joe Burrow
- Round 2: Tee Higgins
- Round 3: Logan Wilson
- Round 4: Akeem Davis-Gaither
- Round 5: Khalid Kareem
- Round 6: Hakeem Adeniji
- Round 7: Markus Bailey
Last year’s draft selections were:
- Round 1: Ja’Marr Chase
- Round 2: Jackson Carmen
- Round 3: Joseph Ossai
- Round 4: Cameron Sample
- Round 4: Tyler Shelvin
- Round 4: D’Ante Smith
- Round 5: Evan McPherson
- Round 6: Trey Hill
- Round 6: Chris Evans
- Round 7: Wyatt Hubert
Bengals can make it 3 straight perfect drafts
We quickly notice glaring omissions as far as which positions the Bengals have not focused on as of late. Cornerback, safety, and a pass-rushing, B.J. Hill three-tech type of defensive tackle are areas we should expect the Bengals to focus on early in this year’s draft.
As much as the outside world would like the team to draft another offensive lineman or an edge pass rusher, we should not count on it being the case after the draft and free agency these past two offseasons.
Of course, unless a player falls to them who is just so high on their draft board, they have to take him.
Guys like Joe Burrow, Ja’Marr Chase, Tee Higgins, Evan McPherson, and Logan Wilson have turned into stars.
We are excited to see what guys like Ossai, Smith, Sample, Hubert, and Bailey can do when they are 100% healthy.
Adeniji was a starter last year, but with the free-agent acquisition of Alex Cappa, look for him to be more of a depth piece going forward unless he can win the left-guard competition.
The other guys have been limited due to playing behind established starters, injuries, or simply not winning the job in the coaches’ minds.
Currently, Cincinnati has eight draft picks in the upcoming draft.
The question now is, will all 25 of those players remain on the roster in some capacity in September? That would be quite an achievement for the players and the coaching staff.
We can’t wait to see how the 2022 NFL Draft plays out for the Bengals and if they can make it three straight perfect drafts.