The first round of the NFL draft never seems to disappoint.
There were plenty of reaches in the first round, including the Steelers taking the safety Terrell Edmunds. Some may even view the Bengals taking center Billy Price as a reach at 21, but you can’t argue the fact that the Bengals just filled a position for at least five years with a talented player.
Of course, this means that several players slipped out of the first round who probably shouldn’t have. Lamar Jackson was a mere pick away before the Ravens traded for the last pick to snatch the quarterback. However, there seems to still be plenty of options for the Bengals at positions of need.
Here is the remainder of SB Nation’s Top 100:
16. Harold Landry, Edge, Boston College
17. Maurice Hurst, DL, Michigan
20. Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa
21. Derrius Guice, RB, LSU
22. Will Hernandez, G, UTEP
23. Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma
29. Connor Williams, OT, Texas
31. Harrison Phillips, DL, Stanford
33. Mark Andrews, TE, Oklahoma
36. James Daniels, C, Iowa
37. Sam Hubbard, Edge, Ohio State
39. Ronald Jones II, RB, Southern California
40. Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State
41. Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia
43. Carlton Davis, CB, Auburn
44. Ronnie Harrison, S, Alabama
45. Mike Gesicki, TE, Penn State
47. Tim Settle, DL, Virginia Tech
48. Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M
49. Martinas Rankin, OT, Mississippi State
50. Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State
51. James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State
52. Brian O’Neill, OT, Pittsburgh
53. Anthony Miller, WR, Memphis
54. Jessie Bates III, S, Wake Forest
55. Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU
56. Tyrell Crosby, OT, Oregon
57. Uchenna Nwosu, Edge, Southern California
58. Kerryon Johnson, RB, Auburn
59. Isaiah Oliver, CB, Colorado
61. Rashaan Gaulden, CB, Tennessee
62. Arden Key, Edge, LSU
63. Jaylen Samuels, TE/WR/RB/FB, North Carolina State
64. Austin Corbett, G, Nevada
65. Justin Reid, S, Stanford
67. DJ Chark, WR, LSU
68. Braden Smith, G, Auburn
69. Rasheem Green, Edge, Southern California
70. Malik Jefferson, LB, Texas
71. Chukwuma Okorafor, OT, Western Michigan
72. Donte Jackson, CB, LSU
73. Equanimeous St. Brown, WR, Notre Dame
74. Jamarco Jones, OT, Ohio State
75. Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, Edge, Oklahoma
76. Geron Christian, OT, Louisville
77. Darius Leonard, LB, South Carolina State
78. Da’Shawn Hand, DL, Alabama
79. Duke Ejiofor, Edge, Wake Forest
80. P.J. Hall, DL, Sam Houston State
81. Fred Warner, LB, BYU
82. DeShon Elliott, S, Texas
83. Josey Jewell, LB, Iowa
84. Tarvarus McFadden, CB, Florida State
85. Marcus Allen, S, Penn State
86. Nick Nelson, CB, Wisconsin
87. Ian Thomas, TE, Indiana
88. B.J. Hill, DL, North Carolina State
89. Hercules Mata’afa, Edge, Washington State
90. Nick DeLuca, LB, North Dakota State
91. Shaquem Griffin, LB, Central Florida
92. Lorenzo Carter, Edge, Georgia
93. Kemoko Turay, Edge, Rutgers
94. Mason Cole, C, Michigan
95. Josh Sweat, Edge, Florida State
96. Deon Cain, WR, Clemson
97. M.J. Stewart, CB, North Carolina
98. Alex Cappa, OT, Humboldt State
99. Troy Fumagalli, TE, Wisconsin
100. Dante Pettis, WR, Washington
According to the list, only eight first-round worthy players remain. Maurice Hurst’s heart issue likely had him slide down team’s boards. Harold Landry seems to have developed a reputation with teams as only a pass rusher, which may have had teams think twice about taking him. Obviously, Orlando Brown shot himself in the foot with his terrible Scouting Combine performance, so it isn’t a shock to see him still available.
With center taken care of, the Bengals have several options as to what they could do with the 46th pick. There is a good chance an offensive lineman like Connor Williams or Will Hernandez will be available if the Bengals opt to double down on linemen. Each of these guys could be instant starters and have an impact next season.
Of course, it seems like the Bengals have toyed with the idea of drafting a safety despite having George Iloka and Shawn Williams. Ronnie Harrison, Jessie Bates and Justin Reid are still out there.
If the Bengals drafted one of them, they could possibly look more into playing a three safety defense that they toyed with when they brought in Eric Reid for a free agency visit. This could help them in coverage on tight ends and running backs, which is something the Bengals have had serious issues with in recent years.
The Bengals could also look for an upgrade next to Geno Atkins by ending Hurst’s fall. If they decide the heart issue is too much for them, someone like Harrison Phillips and Tim Settle are still available. They could at least be nice depth options for the team next season as they grow more into the NFL mold.
There are plenty of second-tier tackles left. Brown is the highest-rated of them on the list, but you shouldn’t be surprised to see several other go ahead of him. Guys like Martinas Rankin and Brian O’Neill have tools that could develop into a starting tackle one day, but they aren’t sure things by a long shot.
Finally, the Bengals could decide to get their Tyler Eifert insurance in the second round. Only Hayden Hurst was selected in the first round, so it should be easy to envision either Dallas Goebert, Mark Andrews, or Mike Gesicki still being around at 46. Andrews is the ideal pass catching tight end in this draft, but the other guys are a little bit more well rounded.
Who do you want to see fall to the Bengals in the second and third rounds?