With the 136th pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, the Cincinnati Bengals landed North Dakota State offensive lineman Cordell Volson. This is the first offensive player the Bengals have taken after going defense with their first three picks.
The 6-foot-6, 315-pound Volson played throughout the offensive line during his college career. He started 16 games at right tackle in 2019 during the team’s third straight FCS championship-winning season.
.@NDSUfootball's Cordell Volson (#67) is a favorite among many teams as a potential starter they can grab late in Day 2 (or maybe, but unlikely, early in Day 3).— Eric Galko (@EricGalko) April 23, 2022
Played right tackle in college but showed versatility at #ShrineBowl. May be a plug-and-play RG as a rookie #NFLDraft pic.twitter.com/4xnBCJTiR1
Volson also started at right tackle in the team’s only fall game in 2020 after the rest of the schedule was delayed to the spring because of COVID-19.
In North Dakota State’s spring 2021 season, Volson switched to left tackle for two games, moved back to right tackle for four games, and played two games at right guard due to injuries.
Volson went back to right tackle in the fall and went on to earn First-Team AP All-American honors for the national champions after playing in 15 games.
For now, Volson projects as a guard but will also give the Bengals depth at right tackle as well.
OL Coach Frank Pollack says Cordell Volson will compete at guard and can bump out to tackle.— Marisa Contipelli (@BengalsMarisa) April 30, 2022
Pollack describes Volson as “tough, physical, a finisher and is productive out in space.”
Bengals draft picks 2022
- Round 1, Pick No. 31: Daxton Hill, S, Michigan Wolverines
- Round 2, Pick No. 60: Cam Taylor-Britt, CB, Nebraska Cornhuskers
- Round 3, Pick No. 95: Zachary Carter, DT, Florida Gators
- Round 4, Pick No. 136: Cordell Volson, OL, North Dakota State
- Round 5, Pick No. 174
- Round 7, Pick No. 226
- Round 7, Pick No. 252
The Bengals’ remaining top draft needs are:
TE, DE, WR
Day 2 NFL Draft schedule: 12 pm ET, Saturday, April 30th on ESPN, ABC and the NFL Network.
Odds: DraftKings Sportsbook