4 Bengals UDFAs who can make a difference in 2022
By Glenn Adams
Brendan “Bookie” Radley-Hiles
Trent McDuffie and Kyler Gordon grabbed all the headlines as far as Washington Huskies defensive backs are concerned. However, the starting slot corner for the Huskies was Brendan Radley-Hiles.
Radley-Hiles is currently listed as a safety/corner on the Bengals’ official website. He was used primarily as a slot corner while playing for Washington. However, his versatility will give him an advantage if he can show he can make plays from the safety position.
As with Hicks, Radley-Hiles has the ability to make plays in the offensive backfield. He played the same role for the Huskies as Dax Hill played for the Wolverines. Radley-Hiles can cover receivers, tight ends, backs out of the backfield, and blitz from the slot corner position.
Radley-Hiles is also in the mode of Mike Hilton. The depth chart behind Hilton and Hill at slot corner is up for grabs. If Hill is used more in a safety role or even a boundary corner role, that could open up an opportunity for a corner who thrives in the slot and provides depth at safety. Also, special teams are a must.
It will not be easy, but there is a path for some of the UDFA’s to make the team and contribute this year.