5 recent Bengals draft picks who could be cut in summer of 2022

Leigh Oleszczak
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4. Hakeem Adeniji

The improved offensive line will give us one main position battle, which will be at left guard. That’s Jackson Carman’s position to lose, as of now.

What will the o-line depth look like, however? The only shoe-in to make the team as a backup o-linemen is rookie Cordell Volson and that means Hakeem Adeniji could be on the roster bubble.

Adeniji, a sixth-round pick in the 2020 draft out of Kansas, was propelled into action quicker than anyone envisioned, appearing in 15 games as a rookie while Jonah Williams missed the season. In year two, Adeniji started the season injured but when he returned, he slid in as the starting right guard.

The 2021 season wasn’t kind to Adeniji and while he provides a versatile backup, the Bengals could end up cutting him if they believe they could re-sign him to the practice squad. If Adeniji sticks on the roster, it’s because the Bengals value his versatility but I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if he’s on the outside looking in.