The Cincinnati Bengals had a busy Day 3 of the draft making seven picks on the day.
It is safe to say that the team got plenty of value in those picks as well that clearly has analysts and writers excited. The sixth round picks Georgia Bulldogs interior offensive lineman Trey Hill and Michigan Wolverines running back Chris Evens. Both could end up sticking around for awhile.
Here is what Bengals.com’s Geoff Hobson had to say about the pair:
I think both guys in the sixth round, Georgia center Trey Hill and Michigan running back Chris Evans, are here for a while. Hill had third-roundish tape, but appeared to overpay for a sub-par pro day. Still, good tape and good 320-pound size is attractive. The added extra is he has good football intelligence and can play all three inside spots.
Hill’s versatility to end up at anywhere inside the offensive line could be what helps him carve out a starting role eventually. It looks like following this season that Billy Price will be moving on after the Bengals declined his fifth year option. Hill could step right into that next-man-up role, and it is all about seizing the opportunity from there.
Hill was even listed among Yahoo! Sports All-Underrated Team, which is a list made up of a poll involving 100 collegiate coaches and assistants picking their most surprising late picks, following the draft:
“He’s going to have the flexibility to move to guard. He’s got thick lower legs, a big backside and still has fast feet. He only gave up two QB pressures in 433 pass block snaps.”
Evans looks the part of the modern day running back. He has shown that he is an incredible pass blocker, but more importantly, he showed off his homerun hitting ability with an great mixture of athleticism that makes him dangerous out in space. It only helps that he seems to have very natural hands that make him an ideal receiving back as well.
Evans slid as he had academic troubles that caused him to miss a season with a suspension before returning to a greatly reduced role. If he takes this opportunity seriously, Evans could easily carve out a role as a third down back down the road similar to what Giovani Bernard had for years.
These two players do ultimately reach that level of being role players or starters would certainly help solidify this draft as a success. Anytime you can add those caliber of players late on Day 3 it is a win.