There, several potential first and second-round picks were in action, the most notable of whom being Baker Mayfield. However, the Heisman-winning quarterback will be long gone by the time Cincinnati is on the clock at pick No. 21.
Yesterday was a bit of a redemption for Sooners offensive tackle Orlando Brown. Once though to be a strong Round 1 target for the Bengals, Brown had one of the worst NFL Combine performances in recent memory. It was so bad that he may now slip into Day 3 of the draft.
Brown stopped the bleeding with a solid outing at his pro day, including an 89-inch broad jump (7 more inches than the combine), a 25.5-inch vertical (6 more inches than combine), 18 reps on the bench press (had 14 at combine), and a 5.63 40-year dash (ran 5.85 at the combine).
That may be enough to keep Brown from falling out of Day 2 of the draft, Even after trading for Cordy Glenn, the Bengals should still keep Brown on their board and be willing to take him in that Round 3-4 range. He could be developed into a nice right tackle and was considered extremely highly based on his tape prior to the combine.
Another Sooner to keep an eye on his tight end Mark Andrews. He’s projected to go in the second or third round of this year’s draft, and the Bengals may need another tight end if Tyler Eifert leaves in free agency. In 2017, Andrews started all 14 games and recorded 62 receptions for 958 yards and eight touchdowns.
The Bengals also need linebacker help, and Ogbonnia Okoronkwo is projected to go in the Day 3 range. The all-conference defender racked up 76 tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss, eight sacks and three forced fumbles in 2017.
There’s some debate as to what exactly Okoronkwo will be in the NFL. Most experts seem to think his best fit is as a 3-4 outside linebacker. In Cincinnati, he could be another hybrid outside linebacker that lines up at defensive ends occasionally, but he’s good enough to be a full-time linebacker if that’s where Cincinnati thinks his best fit is.
The Bengals have a big need at linebacker, but they also need some defensive end help after Chris Smith signed with the Browns. Perhaps Okoronkwo could kill two birds with one stone.
In addition to Lewis being at the pro day, Bengals players Jordan Evans and Joe Mixon were there cheering on their former teammates, too. It says a lot that on the day of free agency kicking off, Lewis was the only head coach in attendance at the pro day. Expect the Bengals to be heavily considering some of these Oklahoma players after drafting two just last year.