The Bengals are no strangers to owning the 21st overall pick in the NFL Draft.
Cincinnati picked 21st when the team selected Cedric Ogbuehi in 2015 and Tyler Eifert in 2013. Prior to that the Bengals also drafted Jermaine Gresham in 2010 with the 21st pick. With two tight ends and one offensive lineman in that group, you can see the Bengals have only drafted offensive players with pick No. 21 during the Marvin Lewis-era in Cincinnati. That trend is expected to continue this year and another offensive lineman could be the pick.
So, if you’re wondering at what time the Bengals will make their first round selection in 2018, we can’t answer that precisely but we can make an educated guess based on the past.
- In 2010, the Bengals were on the clock around 9:40 p.m. ET, which leads me to believe the draft started an hour earlier that year (though I couldn’t confirm).
- 2013, the Bengals were on the clock around 10:35 p.m. ET.
- In 2015, the Bengals were on the clock around 10:30 p.m. ET.
In 2016, the Texans held the No. 21 pick and they were on the clock around 10:25 p.m. ET. And in 2017, the the Lions held the No. 21 pick and they were on the clock right around 10:25 p.m. ET, too.
So, based on all of that, it’s safe to assume the Bengals will be on the clock for the first time in the 2018 NFL Draft somewhere between 10:25 p.m. ET and 10:40 p.m. ET. If they make a trade, the time will obviously change.
If you’re not watching the draft in full, you can follow along on Cincy Jungle for all your Bengals needs and SBNation.com for everything else you need to know! You can also stream the draft on FubuTV.
How to watch the 2018 NFL Draft
Day 1, Round 1
When: Thursday April 26, 8 p.m. ET
Time per pick: 10 minutes
TV channels: ESPN, FOX and NFL Network
Day 2, Rounds 2-3
When: Friday April 27, 7 p.m. ET
Time per pick: 7 minutes for Round 2; 5 minutes for Round 3
TV channels: ESPN 2, FOX and NFL Network
Day 3, Rounds 4-7
When: Saturday April 28, 12 p.m. ET
Time per pick: 5 minutes for Rounds 4-6; 4 minutes for Round 7
TV channels: ESPN, ABC and NFL Network