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Bengals snag Zach Carter with 95th pick in NFL Draft

The Bengals continue loading up on defense.

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With the 95th pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, the Cincinnati Bengals have selected Florida Gators defensive lineman Zach Carter. This makes the Bengals 3/3 in drafting defensive players in this year’s draft.

As a senior this past season in Gainesville, the 6-foot-4, 282-pound Carter recorded 31 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks, two pass deflections and one forced fumble in 12 games.

In 2020, Carter racked up 35 tackles, nine tackles for loss, five sacks, two pass deflections and one fumble recovery in 11 games.

In 2019, Carter had 28 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, two pass deflections and one forced fumble.

NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein compared Carter to Adrian Clayborn and projected him as a fourth-round pick.

Carter played on the end and interior of Florida’s defensive line, though the Bengals are listing him as a defensive tackle. Look for him to play both spots, as Lou Anrarmou cited his versatility as part of why the Bengals took him here.

Looking around the net, the draft rankings aren’t high on Carter, but I can personally tell you he was an absolute menace in the SEC for the last three years. He looks like an ideal replacement for what Larry Ogunjobi brought to the table.

Bengals draft picks 2022

  • Round 1, Pick No. 31: Daxton Hill, DB, Michigan Wolverines
  • Round 2, Pick No. 60: Cam Taylor-Britt, CB, Nebraska Cornhuskers
  • Round 3, Pick No. 95 Zach Carter, DT, Florida Gators
  • Round 4, Pick No. 136
  • Round 5, Pick No. 174
  • Round 7, Pick No. 226
  • Round 7, Pick No. 252

The Bengals’ remaining top draft needs are:

TE, OG, DE

Day 2 NFL Draft schedule: 7 pm ET, Friday, April 29th on ESPN, ABC and the NFL Network.

Live Online Stream: WatchESPN and a free trial of fuboTV.

Odds: DraftKings Sportsbook

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