The Bengals already have a draft class that they should expect a lot out of in 2018, but they still have seven picks left for Day 3. That includes one fourth round pick, three fifth round picks and three seventh round picks. Could the Bengals package some of those picks to move up to pick a few more of these guys?
There are still many talented football players available, maybe the most well known of whom is Maurice Hurst, the defensive lineman out of Michigan who was diagnosed with a heart condition at the NFL Scouting Combine. It’s just a sad story that he’s still available as teams are concerned about his long-term and short-term health.
Here is the list of the best remaining players on SB Nation’s Big Board for Day 3 of the 2018 NFL Draft:
17. Maurice Hurst, DL, Michigan
47. Tim Settle, DL, Virginia Tech
56. Tyrell Crosby, OT, Oregon
63. Jaylen Samuels, TE/WR/RB/FB, North Carolina State
73. Equanimeous St. Brown, WR, Notre Dame
74. Jamarco Jones, OT, Ohio State
75. Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, Edge, Oklahoma
78. Da’Shawn Hand, DL, Alabama
79. Duke Ejiofor, Edge, Wake Forest
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
89. Hercules Mata’afa, Edge, Washington State
90. Nick DeLuca, LB, North Dakota State
91. Shaquem Griffin, LB, Central Florida
95. Josh Sweat, Edge, Florida State
96. Deon Cain, WR, Clemson
99. Troy Fumagalli, TE, Wisconsin
101. John Kelly, RB, Tennessee
103. Holton Hill, CB, Texas
104. Marcell Ateman, WR, Oklahoma State
105. Nyheim Hines, RB, North Carolina State
106. Kevin Toliver, CB, LSU
107. Jeff Holland, Edge, Auburn
108. Poona Ford, DL, Texas
109. Genard Avery, LB, Memphis
110. Quenton Meeks, CB, Stanford
111. Quin Blanding, S, Virginia
112. Kentavius Street, Edge, North Carolina State
113. Auden Tate, WR, Florida State
114. Christopher Herndon, TE, Miami
115. Andrew Brown, DT/DE, Virginia
117. DaeSean Hamilton, WR, Penn State
118. Taylor Hearn, G, Clemson
120. Durham Smythe, TE, Notre Dame
121. Jordan Lasley, WR, UCLA
122. Mark Walton, RB, Miami
123. J’Mon Moore, WR, Missouri
125. Armani Watts, S, Texas A&M
126. Wyatt Teller, G, Virginia Tech
128. Dorance Armstrong, Edge, Kansas
129. Kyzir White, S, West Virginia
130. Mike McCray, LB, Michigan
133. Simmie Cobbs Jr., WR, Indiana
134. Anthony Averett, CB, Alabama
135. Christian Sam, LB, Arizona State
136. Michael Dickson, P, Texas
137. Allen Lazard, WR, Iowa State
138. Tony Brown, CB, Alabama
139. Trey Quinn, WR, SMU
140. Trey Flowers, S, Oklahoma State
143. David Bright, G, Stanford
144. Trenton Thompson, DL, Georgia
145. Dane Cruikshank, CB, Arizona
146. Korey Robertson, WR, Southern Miss
147. Jack Cichy, LB, Wisconsin
148. RJ McIntosh, DL, Miami
149. Jalyn Holmes, Edge, Ohio State
150. Parry Nickerson, CB, Tulane
The Bengals have obviously done a great job at filling needs without reaching too far. So far the team has addressed center, safety, defensive end and linebacker. The Bengals still have positions they’d like to take players at based off of their visits and meetings with teams.
One of the most obvious positions the team still needs a player at is offensive line. Ideally, right guard needs to be addressed. However the remaining list doesn’t seem like it would be much of an upgrade over Trey Hopkins. The top guys are Wyatt Teller and Taylor Hearn. The Bengals may be eyeing one of the remaining tackles in Tyrell Crosby and Jamarco Jones. Both of whom were viewed as Day 2 picks.
Of course the best value based on the board is at defensive tackle. The Bengals are looking for a running mate for Geno Atkins in the middle and a guy like Tim Settle is just waiting there to be scooped up. He is the best available player outside of Hurst. Although Hurst may be waiting awhile to hear his name as it seems most teams are scared off due to his heart issue.
The Bengals have also been interested in receivers around this area. Equanimeous St. Brown is currently the best available receiver, but it is a matter of if he will be around long enough for the Bengals to grab him. The only other receiver remaining who was expected to be a Day 2 pick was Deon Cain.
Of course the Bengals still would like to add a backup quarterback after spending a ton of man power scouting possible Day 3 guys. However, the guy they scouted most isn’t even in the top 150 prospects. Kyle Lauletta is a guy the Bengals haven’t really hid their interest in. They went to his pro day and even held a private work out with him. I would say for all the people looking for a quarterback in this draft, he is your most likely guy. But, the Bengals could leave the draft without a quarterback, too.
The only other position the Bengals could really use a guy at is cornerback. Of course they are set in 2018 with guys like William Jackson, Dre Kirkpatric and Darqueze Dennard, but with Dennard’s contract ending they may be looking for his possible replacement. There was a huge run on corner during Day 2, and the only one in the top 100 left is Nick Nelson. There are a handful of guys right outside of that though in Holton Hilll and Kevin Toliver who could be fine additions to the Bengals’ secondary, especially with the benefit of a year to learn.
Who are you hoping the Bengals take on Day 3?