What position will the Cincinnati Bengals target early in the NFL Draft?

Kentucky Wildcats offensive tackle Darian Kinnard (65), guard Eli Cox (75) and guard Kenneth Horsey (68). Mandatory Credit: Jordan Prather-USA TODAY Sports
Kentucky Wildcats offensive tackle Darian Kinnard (65), guard Eli Cox (75) and guard Kenneth Horsey (68). Mandatory Credit: Jordan Prather-USA TODAY Sports /

The Bengals had a very successful 2021 season, so which positions could they be targeting late in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft? 

While the Bengals are in the hunt for the Superbowl right now behind some amazing Joe Burrow play. It’s never too early to check out the draft pick stock they have. It seems like the Bengals are in cant miss mode going with back-to-back hits in Joe Burrow and Ja`Marr Chase. Can they come back and do it again?

Right now the Bengals have the following picks for the 2022 NFL Draft: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 4th comp, 5th, 6th, 7th NYG, 7th.

While it still remains to be seen where their picks will fall since they are still in the playoff race. They also, look like they could end up with the 32nd overall pick should they stay hot. Which would actually be a good thing for them, not only for the franchise and its fans. But, they could have a player fall right into their lap at the end of the first round.

Right now as you take stock of the Bengals the only real weakness seems to be offensive line then defensive back depth, linebacker depth, and possibly tight end if you believe this is just the start for CJ at TE.

What will the Bengals target with a pick in the 30s?

At the end of the first round is where we see a lot of good offensive linemen and linebackers fall, as quarterbacks, wide receivers and defensive backs fly up the board. Which could be just what they needed. We saw the pure lack of offensive line talent vs the Titans as Burrow was rocked for nine sacks in that game.

With his knee injury last year, getting sacked nine times is not something he can continue to do and stay healthy.

With some decent defensive back depth and no need for an edge, the Bengals could conceivably attack the offensive line with their first three picks. That seems like the best move for them, even if they only hit on one or two of them. There is also a lack of top-end tight ends so they can try and shore up any questions there in the mid-to-late rounds as well.

Should everything go right and Charles Cross, OT from Miss State, or Darian Kinnard
IOL, Kentucky fall to them, it would make up for them going WR over OT last year.

Both of them would become instant starters along with whoever they get in free agency, and they could come back and grab the one they didn’t get in the second if they go OT first or OG. If they can fix up this offensive line with such a young corps of position players Bengals fans won’t have to worry about missing the playoffs for a very long time.

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I would not rule out a jump up into the third round combining both of their fourths and change, if there is a defensive back or offensive lineman they need bad enough.