The Cincinnati Bengals have a propensity for drafting cornerbacks early. Unfortunately, their recent first round picks at the position haven’t panned out.
Dre Kirkpatrick, Darqueze Dennard, and William Jackson III never really found great success in the NFL for a variety of reasons.
But that doesn’t mean the front office will be deterred from taking that approach once more, especially when the team is in need of a long-term answer at corner.
So it shouldn’t surprise anyone that the Bengals met with Emmanuel Forbes, an absolute coverage machine from Mississippi State, last month.
Miss St cornerback Emmanuel Forbes and Utah CB Clark Phillips both spoke this at the #NFLCombine.— Mohammad Ahmad (@MohammadAhmadTV) March 2, 2023
Forbes met with #Bengals HC Zac Taylor and Lou Anarumo, calling Anarumo “direct and to the point.” Phillips has not but plans to. Calls their defense “one he easily fits into.” pic.twitter.com/gwFhArjdnk
According to A to Z Sports’ John Sheeran, Forbes would be a top-15 pick if not for just one thing: he played at just 166 pounds (though he’s up to 173 now).
Still, he would likely break the trend of subpar first round corners for the Bengals.
Why? “He checks all the boxes from a data perspective, from a film perspective, and from a character perspective,” Sheeran said. For instance, he points out, unlike Kirkpatrick, Forbes is an excellent tackler who had a “ninety-five percentile solo tackle market share in an SEC defense.”
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