The 2022 NFL Draft is in the books and the latest set of Bengals is in the fold. Cincinnati only had six picks to the surprise of some, but they grabbed some players with very athletic profiles.
Here are the biggest winners and losers from the team’s selection on the last afternoon.
He had to wait until round 4, but he got one of his trademarks “Glass-Eaters” in Cordell Volson. People may discuss whether the little school product was a reach or not, but the film shows a tenacious player with a bad streak.
Oh, and do we still need to talk about what the Bengals did in free action?
The first three choices in defense, you say? Coach Lou said “Yes please!”. But that was not enough as the team met another talented secondary player in Tycen Anderson in round 5.
Cincinnati’s defense became young, fast, athletic and versatile, while also having long-term plans in place should the Bengals have trouble locking veteran contracts down the road.
Robert Livingston and Charles Burks:
The Bengals’ defensive back coaches received a wealth of clay to cast this weekend. ESPNs Mel Kiper, Jr. toppled over Anderson’s move after the election, noting that Cincinnati will love the clay to shape.
The Bengals’ defensive line coach got a useful player in the third round, and then the team doubled on the line with a value choice by edge rusher in Jeffrey Gunter. Hobby got a lot out of its line last year and wants a few more toys to tinker with.
Oh, and he’s getting both Wyatt Hubert and Joseph Ossai back this year. It’s a pretty good situation for the position coach.
Jackson Carman, Trey Hill and Hakeem Adeniji:
Carman has been praised by his coaches this offseason as they potentially take him to the left-back position, but a terrible report surfaced earlier this week that made everyone wonder what the future holds for the second-round pick in 2021. Adeniji had a hard time last season and was a pick from Pollack’s predecessor, while Hill was a penalty machine on the spot last season.
The choice of Cordell Volson immediately puts pressure on Adeniji, whom the Bengals loved for his positional flexibility. Despite thoughts that Volson may or may not be a reach, his past experience playing both tackle and guard positions in college could not only be a substitute there, but could also push Carman aside if the news bomb from this week contains new information for association.
Any veteran security with expiring agreements after 2022:
Jessie Bates is playing on the franchise mark, as he and his side have apparently not come close to agreeing on a long-term deal since they began negotiations last spring and summer. Vonn Bell has been a great addition to the defense, but is in the final year of his 2020 free agent deal. Finally, Brandon Wilson is in the final year of his contract, and the choice of three versatile defensive backs brings contingency plans if multiple talks go sideways.
Daxton Hill is likely to fill the role left by the now retired Ricardo Allen, but the Bengals played a bit of the leverage game here with both him and Tycen Anderson. We’ll see who the Bengals keep after this offseason – especially when it comes to the Bates situation.