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NFL Draft 2018: Bengals trade down in Round 2

The Bengals are moving down in Round 2 and picked up a better pick in Round 3 in the process.

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The Bengals have struck a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs in Round 2 of the 2018 NFL Draft. Cincinnati will now pick 54th, moving eight spots back. The Bengals also gave up pick No. 100 in the process to move up to the No. 78 overall pick in 2018.

The Bengals now have the 54th, 77th and 78th picks on Friday night. Pick No. 54 comes in Round 2 while 77 and 78 are in Round 3.

The Chiefs selected Ole Miss defensive end Breeland Speaks with the Bengals’ 46th overall pick.

Most of the trades Cincinnati has done in the NFL Draft under Marvin Lewis have been to move back to acquire more picks. Some players the Bengals have acquired by moving back in the draft include a swap with the Patriots in 2012 to select Wisconsin guard Kevin Zeitler in Round 1.

And, just last year, the Bengals traded back with the Vikings so Minnesota could take Florida State running back Dalvin Cook, while the Bengals took Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon in Round 2.

The Bengals have only moved up to get players they want four times in the team’s 51 year history. In 2014, the Bengals traded up to select North Carolina center Russell Bodine in Round 4. And, last year, the Bengals moved up to take Houston defensive back Brandon Wilson in Round 6.

Let’s hope this latest trade pays off in a big way for the Bengals and they’ll get a solid pick later on.