3 takeaways from the Bengals’ interesting 2022 draft choices

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Bengals not confident about Jackson Carman as starting LG

Let’s get this out of the way — There have been some troubling reports surrounding Jackson Carman that could dictate whether or not he’s with the Bengals in 2022. While Zac Taylor declined to comment on the situation during his draft press conference, the team clearly doesn’t feel confident that Carman will be the starter at left guard this year.

They proved that with their fourth-round selection of Cordell Volson, a tackle out of North Dakota State, who Frank Pollack already confirmed would move inside to guard. With Alex Cappa expected to start at right guard, that leaves one spot open for Volson to vie for and that’s left guard.

I can’t say that I blame Cincinnati for adding another option at the position. Carman didn’t get a ton of reps last year at right guard and now, once again, he’ll be switching positions on the line and that’s assuming he’s even with the team in 2022.

Volson might end up just being a backup but if any of the late-round picks can immediately find their way into a starting role, it’s the North Dakota State product.