Thursday, April 14, 2022

Cincinnati Bengals 2022 NFL Mock Draft Roundup 7.0

Throughout the year and leading up to the 2022 NFL Draft, we will update our Cincinnati Bengals Mock Draft Roundup showing picks for the Cincinnati Bengals from several prominent sites and draft analysts.

The following are picks in recent mock drafts for the Bengals:

The Draft Network - Keith Sanchez (4/13)

31. Daxton Hill, S, Michigan

The Bengals have all of the offensive weapons they need, and they did a good job of addressing the offensive line issues. So with this pick, they decide to start improving the other side of the football.

I know they have an elite safety in Jessie Bates III, but Daxton Hill provides a different skill set that will only complement Bates and make this one of the best tandems in the NFL. - Lance Zierlein (4/12)

31. Kyler Gordon, CB, Washington

With offensive line addressed via free agency, the Bengals add a talented but inconsistent cornerback with tremendous upside to help slow down the quarterbacks of the AFC.

CBS Sports - Will Brinson (4/12)

31. Zion Johnson, IOL, Boston College

Even with the OL adds this offseason, the Bengals could use more help on the line.

PFF - Anthony Treash (4/11)

31. Tyler Linderbaum, IOL, Iowa

Linderbaum is arguably a top-10 prospect, but the problem is that there's not a pressing need for a starting center across the league, especially within zone offenses where the Iowa product best fits.

Cincinnati could certainly use Linderbaum's services, even after signing three new offensive linemen in free agency. The Bengals signed free agent Ted Karras to play center, but he can easily stick at left guard, where he played in 2021 for the Patriots.

Linderbaum may be undersized, but he's an ultra-athlete who plays bigger than his size suggests. He was a top-five-graded center in all three years starting at the position, including in 2021 when he broke the single-season grading record for a center.

ESPN - Jordan Reid (4/11)

31. Kaiir Elam, CB, Florida

Elam, who has gone under the radar in a loaded defensive back class, is a long and physical corner (6-foot-1, 192 pounds). He has easy movement skills, and teams will covet his length. He also has the ability to fight through the hands of receivers at "the moment of truth."

Elam projects well into the Bengals' scheme and would be a great supplement to a defense largely built through free agency. It wouldn't be surprising if he goes higher than this spot, but landing with the Bengals is an ideal scenario.

CBS Sports - Ryan Wilson (4/11)

31. Kaiir Elam, CB, Florida

The Bengals re-upped Eli Apple for another season but isn't much depth at outside corner. Elam is a long, physical CB who is coming off a strong season for the Gators. He needs to get better in run support but he has the size and speed to be successful in the league.

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