Bengals secondary depth chart predictions after 2022 NFL Draft

Leigh Oleszczak
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NB Starter: Mike Hilton

Reserves: Daxton Hill, Bookie Radley-Hiles, Abu Daramy-Swaray

Lastly, we have the nickel corner and it’ll be led by Mike Hilton, who was another key free-agent signing last year. It was even better that Hilton was pried away from the Steelers and then came in and made an impact in the stripes’ secondary.

Daxton Hill is someone who could play a variety of positions in the secondary and that’s why the Bengals spent a first-round pick on him. Whether he ends up playing at safety if Bates doesn’t suit up this year or he’s used as a backup in a few different spots, Hill is going to be quite the weapon in this secondary.

The other two names to follow at nickel are UDFAs Bookie Radley-Hiles and Abu Daramy-Swaray. It’s hard for UDFAs to make a big enough impression to make the final roster but it’s certainly possible. Radley-Hiles is someone who could fit what Lou Anarumo looks for in his defenses but he’ll have to prove that he can carve out a role in the preseason.

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The Bengals spent three of their six draft picks on players to add in their secondary and hopefully that helps the unit improve this year.