Cincinnati Bengals 53-man roster post-draft edition
Safties (5): Jessie Bates, Vonn Bell, Daxton Hill, Tycen Anderson, Brandon Wilson
Cornerbacks (5): Mike Hilton, Eli Apple, Chidobe Awuzie, Cam Taylor-Britt, Tre Flowers
This position could be one to watch because it’s hard to predict the number of players the reigning AFC champs will decide to take. The Bengals drafted three defensive backs and returned everybody from last year who made an impact.
Brandon Wilson could be one of the ones left out of this bunch, but I included him because of his special teams’ capability. Jessie Bates and Vonn Bell will be the starters with a mix of Daxton Hill from time to time. Fans could also see all three on the field at once, and Hill could line up in the slot.
Mike Hilton is the starting slot corner with Chidobe Awuzie and Eli Apple on the outsides. Rookie Cameron Taylor-Britt could give Apple some serious competition as the season rolls along. Taylor-Britt is extraordinarily athletic and adds things to the table that Apple doesn’t.
Rookies Tycen Anderson, Cam Taylor-Britt, and Daxton Hill shouldn’t have trouble finding a spot, at least for the start of the season. The opportunity will be there for them.
Tre Flowers should see one of the final cornerback spots due to his ability to cover strength and height. Flowers was key to the Bengals slowing down Travis Kelce in both Bengals-Chiefs matchups last year, and for that reason, Flowers will land one of the 53 available roster spots.