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Bengals trade up with Bears to take Tycen Anderson

More safety depth.

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With the 166th pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, the Cincinnati Bengals selected Toledo Rockets safety Tycen Anderson.

Per Laurel Pfahler, the Bengals gave up a seventh-round pick to move up with the Chicago Bears’ pick. He had a Round 3-4 grade at NFL.com and was compared to NFL defensive back T.J. Green.

A full-time player for five years at Toledo, Anderson finished his career with 233 tackles, nine tackles for loss, two interceptions, 16 pass deflections and two forced fumbles.

This past season, the 6-foot-2, 209-pound Anderson racked up 44 tackles, two tackles for loss, two pass deflections, and one sack.

Anderson is one of the most athletic DBs in this class. He recorded a 4.36 time in the 40-yard dash and a 6.64 in the 3-Cone drill, both of which rate above the 90th percentile at his position.

Anderson is the second safety and third defensive back the Bengals have drafted this year. Between Anderson and Daxton Hill, the Bengals clearly want insurance in the event one or both of Jessie Bates and Vonn Bell leave in 2023 when they’re slated to become free agents.

The Bengals now have just one pick remaining in the draft. They gave up a sixth-round pick to move up in Round 2 for Nebraska cornerback Cam Taylor-Britt.

Kudos to Duke Tobin and co. for being aggressive in getting guys they really wanted. Here’s to hoping it pans out.

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: Tycen Anderson, S, Toledo
  • Round 7, Pick No. 252

The Bengals’ remaining top draft needs are:

TE, OG, DE, WR

Day 2 NFL Draft schedule: 12 pm ET, Saturday, April 30th on ESPN, ABC and the NFL Network.

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

Odds: DraftKings Sportsbook

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