The Cincinnati Bengals head into Day 3 of the 2021 NFL draft with seven picks, together with three within the opening fourth spherical because of the commerce down with New England on Friday evening.
With the roster’s three greatest wants addressed, the Bengals are free to deal with the most effective participant obtainable at every decide, although the cross rush and offensive line nonetheless determine to be an emphasis.
Right here’s a take a look at the highest gamers left on the board.
RB Michael Carter, North Carolina
Jan 28, 2021; Nationwide operating again Michael Carter of North Carolina (7) runs the ball throughout Nationwide observe at Hancock Whitney Stadium in Cellular, Alabama, USA; Obligatory Credit score: Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports activities
There are a ton of high quality operating backs left, which implies one of many three fourth-rounders may go to 1. Joe Mixon was harm final yr and Samaje Perine can’t do it himself. Carter averaged a surprising 6.6 yards per carry over 4 seasons and was elite as a receiver.
OL Drew Dalman, Stanford
Nov 30, 2019; Stanford, CA, USA; Stanford Cardinal heart Drew Dalman (51) congratulates extensive receiver Brycen Tremayne (81) after a landing catch in the course of the first quarter in opposition to the Notre Dame Combating Irish at Stanford Stadium. Obligatory Credit score: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports activities
A zone-scheme specialist who was the son of a former participant and coach, Dalman checks all of the containers for a Bengals-type choice. He’s not the largest, however wins with method and energy, which may make him a sleeper candidate to win a job inside.
Edge Chris Rumph, Duke
Nov 7, 2020; Durham, North Carolina, USA; Duke Blue Devils defensive finish Chris Rumph II (96) in the course of the second quarter in opposition to the North Carolina Tar Heels at Wallace Wade Stadium. Obligatory Credit score: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports activities
An explosive, explosive athlete, Rumph’s professional place is difficult to pin down. However that may very well be a plus in Cincinnati’s a number of entrance as they unleash him on a rotational foundation. He’s bought enormous upside.
OL Trey Smith, Tennessee
Tennessee offensive lineman Trey Smith (73) walks off the sphere for the ultimate time after a SEC sport between the Tennessee Volunteers and the Texas A&M Aggies held at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn., on Saturday, December 19, 2020.
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It’s a little bit surprising Smith hasn’t come off the board but. He’s large and has all of the instruments to begin at guard as a rookie — which might be fairly the steal for a Bengals crew that wants as a lot competitors as it might probably get.
DL Jay Tufele, USC
Sep 29, 2018; Tucson, AZ, USA; Southern California Trojans defensive lineman Jay Tufele (78) runs onto the sphere earlier than the primary half in opposition to the Arizona Wildcats at Arizona Stadium. Obligatory Credit score: Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports activities
The Bengals want a Geno Atkins substitute and the USC product would possibly simply be that. He’s bought the suitable dimension and explosiveness off the road to at the very least make a rotational distinction as a rookie whereas being groomed for way more.
OT James Hudson, Cincinnati
Jan 1, 2021; Atlanta, GA, USA; Cincinnati Bearcats offensive lineman James Hudson (55) reveals emotion after being ejected for concentrating on in opposition to the Georgia Bulldogs within the second quarter of the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Obligatory Credit score: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports activities
Bengals followers ought to know all about Hudson, whose struggles in cross safety units at instances are one thing Frank Pollack may clear up. He’s a mauler within the operating sport who may battle for a beginning job.
OL Deonte Brown, Alabama
Jan 28, 2021; American offensive lineman Deonte Brown of Alabama (65) drills in opposition to American offensive lineman Jack Anderson of Texas Tech (56) throughout American observe at Hancock Whitney Stadium in Cellular, Alabama, USA; Obligatory Credit score: Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports activities
One other shocker of a faller alongside the offensive line, Brown is an enormous 6’3” and 344 kilos of SEC bully materials out of Alabama who may are available in and repair a guard spot fairly rapidly.
DL Daviyon Nixon, Iowa
Dec 5, 2020; Champaign, Illinois, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes defensive sort out Daviyon Nixon (54) reacts after sacking Illinois Combating Illini quarterback Brandon Peters (not pictured) in the course of the second half at Memorial Stadium. Obligatory Credit score: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports activities
Nixon looks like one of many extra underrated gamers on this class. He was consistently slipping previous linemen to use stress up the center and he’s bought sufficient athleticism and energy to recommend he may carry on doing that within the NFL.
OL Stone Forsythe, Florida
Sep 26, 2020; Oxford, Mississippi, USA; Florida Gators offensive lineman Stone Forsythe (72) in the course of the sport in opposition to the Mississippi Rebels at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Obligatory Credit score: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports activities
Get this — Forsythe is 6’8” and 307 kilos. Oh, and his dad performed the road for the Bengals and elsewhere. Whereas he struggles within the operating sport, a crew may slap him on the sting and really feel fairly snug he’ll comprise edge rushers.