9 prospects the Bengals should target on Day 2 of 2022 NFL Draft
Trey McBride, TE (Colorado State)
Tight end is an area of need for the Bengals and Trey McBride is the perfect person to fill it. Cincinnati lost C.J. Uzomah to the Jets this offseason and while they signed Hayden Hurst in free agency, he’s only signed for a year. Drew Sample is entering the final year of his contract and he hasn’t lived up to the second-round moniker.
The only real knock on McBride’s 2021 season is that he scored just one touchdown. The Colorado State tight end also hauled in 90 receptions for 1,121 yards, proving just how dominant he is.
With McBride in town, the Bengals would have Hurst and the rookie as the starting options at the position. McBride would also give the team a starting tight end option past this year, as Hurst and Sample will both be entering free agency.
Perrion Winfrey, DL (Oklahoma)
If the Bengals want to add to their defensive line, Perrion Winfrey is a realistic option for them to target in the second round. Winfrey had 11 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks through 11 games with the Sooners last year.
Cincinnati needs to continue getting stronger on their d-line and Winfrey could help them do that. He might still be hanging around when pick 63 approaches and if he’s still on the board, he could be hard for the stripes to pass on.
Darian Kinnard, OL (Kentucky)
With the disheartening news surrounding Jackson Carman, the Bengals might find themselves in a position to add an interior offensive lineman on Day 2 of the draft. If so, Darian Kinnard is someone to consider taking in the second round or even the third round if he’s still on the board.
Kinnard played tackle in college but projects more as a guard. Fortunately, the only position left for the Bengals to really address on the o-line is left guard, which until now, looked to be Carman’s position. With this news, however, it would be wise for Cincinnati to add a guard sooner rather than later.
These nine prospects need to be on the Cincinnati Bengals’ draft board for rounds 2 and 3.