Former NFL scout and executive Gil Brandt just released his “Hot 150” top prospects entering the draft this year.
For his top pick, Brandt ranks Ohio State standout Nick Bosa as the top prospect. Alabama’s Quinnen Williams is the second-ranked prospect, just ahead of Josh Allen and Ed Oliver.
Kyler Murray, who seems to be the consensus 1st overall pick, is actually ranked number seven on Brandt’s list.
Last year, Brandt ranked Billy Price at 62, which didn’t stop the Bengals from taking him at 21st overall. But this year, he ranks some of the Bengals top targets much, much higher.
For example, this offseason seems like it has been a tale of two Devins, with most projecting either Devin White or Devin Bush to fall to the Bengals at 11th overall. White ranks 8th while Bush is the 15th prospect on the list.
Some potential first rounders, like Allen and Oliver, are three and four, respectively. Others rank lower, like Cody Ford at 23.
Below is the list of players the Bengals have either visited or have been mocked going to the Bengals in the draft:
Brandt’s ratings are typically accurate, so this is more or less what the draft could look like.