Bengals Draft Results: 4 winners and 3 losers from day 2 NFL Draft picks

There was a clear offensive plan for the Cincinnati Bengals when the 2022 NFL Draft began, and it involved improving defense at all costs.

Cincinnati usually do not ignore offensive positions early in the draft. They defended the first three elections this year. They also usually do not trade until the fourth round. How about a trade up in second to get a cornerback?

Cam Taylor-Britt and Zachary Carter are the newest Bengals, and their choices have had an impact on the current list. Let’s see who came out as winners and losers from both elections.


Lou Anarumo: It’s over 20 years ago that the Bengals dedicated their first three drafts to the defensive side of the ball. Anarumo has not been used to receiving such an influx of young talent, but the last three rounds have been for him. He now has a versatile safety, a promising cornerback and a pass-rushing defensive tackle to work with, and his unit looks pretty solid from top to bottom.

BJ Hill: It might seem strange to mention the starter as a winner when his backup was just selected, but the reality with Hill is that he can not play every single snap. A healthy rotation is needed by 3-technique, and the choice of Carter should help kickstart it. Hill will still play the most meaningful snaps during his three-year contract, but Carter gives him a chance to rest when he needs to.

Hayden Hurst and Drew Sample: The two tight-ends most likely to be selected by the Bengals on Friday, Trey McBride and Greg Dulcich, were selected by other clubs. Cincinnati enters Day 3 without a rookie-tight than added to the equation, almost confirming that Hurst will be undisputed for snaps and goals during the 2022 season. He’s got the perfect storm forming for what hopes to be a breakout season.

Sample, Hurst’s No. 2, is also a recipient of this news. A day 3 rookie will not eclipse him on the depth chart and his role should not decline no matter what they do on Saturday.


Eli Apple and Trey Flowers: The Dax Hill selection was already bad news for Flowers, and with the addition of Taylor-Britt, there’s another cornerback coming to compete for snaps. Taylor-Britt is already ahead of Flowers due to his draft status in the second round; he really comes after Apple’s job.

The Bengals switched to Taylor-Britt, meaning they need a cornerback to push Apple to become a better player or to the bench. We do not know the answer until the end of training camp, but Apple should rather get ready for a fight.

Frank Pollack: At this point, it was obvious that the players of Cincinnati lowered the tempo and became more defensively oriented. Pollack saw his team draft three offensive linemen last year and sign the same number of blocks in the free agency six weeks ago. It’s not a big surprise that an o-linemen has not been chosen, but Pollack will have to deal with uncertainty in the left guard position. We’ll see what he wears when the pillows go on.

Worth mentioning

Jackson Carman: Only from a perspective on the field, Carman’s job has not gotten tougher since the start of the Draft. Cincinnati have chosen not to invest in an offensive linemen through the first three rounds of the draft, indicating that they are fine with who they have to compete for the left guard spot. Carman was seen as the favorite to win that job, but that’s before his alleged off-court situation emerged.

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