3 second-year Bengals players under pressure after 2022 NFL Draft

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3. Tyler Shelvin

Remember Tyler Shelvin? The Bengals drafted the big man out of LSU in the fourth round of last year’s draft and he went on to do… um… very little. He appeared in just three games and had four tackles during that time.

Josh Tupou was ahead of Shelvin on the depth chart last year (with both sitting behind D.J. Reader) but despite Tupou hitting free agency, he’s back in the stripes for another year. This is a reflection on Shelvin, as the team might not think he’s ready to step into a bigger role yet.

To make matters worse, Zachary Carter — who the team drafted in the third round — also joins the defensive front, though he’s likely going to backup B.J. Hill.

Shelvin has more players to compete with this offseason and after not doing much as a rookie, it’ll be interesting to see what he looks like in year two and if he ends up making any kind of positive impact.