5. Cam Taylor-Britt
Cam Taylor-Britt needs to solidify himself in the Nickel package of the Bengals secondary with his stellar speed and cover skills coming into a formerly questionable secondary. He has already formed a special bond with teammates as he has earned a nickname in the locker room of “The Energizer Bunny” formally given to him by Stanley Morgan Jr. who played with Taylor-Britt at Nebraska.
Taylor-Britt is shockingly fast as he ran a 4.38 in the 40-yard dash. He will be used mostly to cover the speed guys in his first year and he’s likely to sideline Eli Apple due to Taylor-Britt having more to show skill-wise. He joins a lacking secondary that was ranked 26th overall in the NFL last year.
He will need to both impress the stacked line of receivers that the Bengals have as well as show all the coaches the same ability he displayed in college at Nebraska. He similarly will share snaps with the main guys this year but this will give him plenty of opportunities to shine as he has received high praise from tenured corners such as Mike Hilton of the Bengals for his outstanding athleticism and length.
4. Daxton Hill
Moving to the other side of the ball new draftees such as Daxton Hill, who will need to make an immediate impact with the team because he was selected to do just that. He also needs to prove to some analysts that he fits into the Bengals’ plan as there are some who believe he was selected by the wrong team.
Although he is not slated to be a starter in the secondary, it will be interesting to see what he can prove in training camp. If he shows out like many expect, his snaps this upcoming season may be higher than what was expected when he was selected in the first round by the Bengals in this year’s draft.
Hill offers 4.38 speed in reference to his 40-yard dash time, which is huge. He could be utilized as a blitzer or a cover man because he will be able to keep up with almost every receiver or tight end he lines up against.
Defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo commonly uses a third defensive back or safety on obvious passing downs so Hill will definitely get a good amount of time on the field it will just be interesting to see how they decide to use him after seeing what he can do over training camp.