It’s time to talk draft Cincinnati Bengals fans . . . draft picks, rounds, team needs, and prospects to watch.
by Nat L. Faybian • Senior Writer • @natlfaybian • nlfmockdraft.com • Feb 18, 2019 • Updated: April 6, 2019
The Zac Taylor era is now underway in Cincinnati. He is lauded as an excellent teacher and an even better person. Taylor comes over from the Rams, where he was Sean McVay’s quarterback coach. While only 35 years old, Taylor knows football. Besides working with McVay the last two seasons, Taylor’s father was a captain under Barry Switzer at Oklahoma back in the late 70’s. Taylor is married to the daughter of former-Packer HC Mike Sherman. In 2006, while playing QB for the Nebraska Cornhuskers, under Bill Callahan, Taylor was named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year. And most recently, he has hired Bill Callahan to be his OC, here, in Cincinnati.
As I had written when Taylor was hired, Cincinnati is going to get a new image. Burfict is gone and the clean up has begun in Cincinnati. With so many draft picks, the Bengals should be serious players in this year’s draft – and drafting high-character players.
2019 draft picks
*Indicates Compensatory Picks.
- Offensive Tackle
- Offensive Guard
- Defensive End
Taylor and Callahan might want to bring in a QB they can start developing while Andy Dalton is still under contract. They’ll look to upgrade the right side of the offensive line — as it’s doubtful either Ogbuehi or Fisher will be re-signed.
With a player like LSU’s Devin White would be a good pick. They might consider trading up a spot or two to get him, but he’d be well worth the investment. Upgrades at corner and safety would be welcomed as well. And like every team in the NFL these days, a pass rusher is on the list.
Prospects to watch
Devin White, ILB, LSU
In 2018, White was a Consensus All-American and named the Butkus Award winner. He might just be one of the most explosive defenders in the 2019 draft. He was the leader of LSU’s defense, an intimidating hitter with sideline-to-sideline speed. At the Scouting Combine, White (6-1, 255) is expected to run under 4.5.
Dalton Risner, OT, Kansas State
Risner was a finalist for the Lombardi Award and the William V. Campbell Award. Risner was one of the players who definitely grew while at the Senior Bowl, his ability to learn and adjust quickly caught the attention of those in attendance. He’s a bit of a mauler who shows good leg drive and like to finish off defenders. He can hold his own in the passing game, but is most likely a right tackle at the next level.
Joejuan Williams, CB, Vanderbilt
In recent weeks, Williams is quietly rising up draft boards. The Bengals have the ammo to secure him. Vanderbilt’s HC Derek Mason said he sees a little Richard Sherman in Joejuan Williams. No doubt, Mason is referring to Williams’ size and quickness. Williams started 24 consecutive games for the Commodores finishing the year with 56 total tackles and 44 solo stops. He led all SEC DBs with 15 passes defended; he also had four interceptions.
Jordan Brailford, DE, Oklahoma State
Brailford’s decision to come out early is just one of the reasons why this year’s DL draft class is so deep. Brailford showed well at the East-West Shrine Game. He has an explosive burst and can beat defenders on the inside or outside. He’ll need to bulk up at the next level and probably wouldn’t start right away, but could definitely play in sub and nickel packages.
Players to Watch: OT Wyatt Miller, Central Florida; ILB Devin Bush, Michigan; CB Anree Saint-Amour, Georia Tech; and PK Casey Bednarski, Minnesota State.
General Manager: Mike Brown | Head Coach: Zac Taylor | Offensive Coordinator: Bill Callahan | Defensive Coordinator: Currently Vacant
Recent Top Draft selections:
2017: R1 John Ross WR | R2 Joe Mixon RB
2018: R1 Billy Price OC | R2 Jessie Bates III S
2016: R1 William Jackson CB | R2 Tyler Boyd WR
R1 Cedric Ogbuehi OL | R2 Jake Fisher OL