CINCINNATI — The Bengals have seven day three selections after addressing their three biggest needs with their first three picks.
Adding wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase, guard Jackson Carman and edge rusher Joseph Ossai gives Cincinnati some flexibility in rounds 4-7.
"What we’ve done is put ourselves in a position to take the best players available," Bengals head coach Zac Taylor said on Friday night. "You can double up at some positions. You can take some some guys that maybe followed other positions that really help us as a football team. But we’ve put ourselves in a good spot. Those were two areas of need that we just addressed [offensive line and edge rusher]. It didn’t mean that we were hell bent on taking a player in that round if they didn’t fit us with the value there. But they did, so we took them. We just feel really good about how we’re positioned the rest of the way."
Cincinnati has three fourth round selections (picks 111, 122 and 139). They also have their fifth round pick (149 overall), two sixth rounders (190, 202) and their seventh round selection (235).
Some of the players the Bengals are expected to target include Florida offensive tackle Stone Forsythe, a defensive tackle like Tommy Togiai, Bobby Brown or Daviyon Nixon.
If the Bengals approved of Trey Smith's medicals, then there's no reason why he should get consideration in round four. Cincinnati could add another guard like Smith, despite taking Carman on Friday night. The same goes for edge and wide receiver.
Jaelon Darden, Ihmir Smith-Marsette and Marquez Stevenson are three speedy wide-outs to watch.
Doubling up at a position of need is wise, especially if the value lines up, which it could at multiple spots on Saturday afternoon.
Also look for the Bengals to target a kicker with one of their seven selections. Miami's Jose Borregales and Florida's Evan McPherson are considered the top two kickers in this class.
Here are the best players still on the board [in no particular order] going into day three of the 2021 NFL Draft.
Stone Forsythe, OT, Florida
Tommy Togiai, DT, Ohio State
Trey Smith, IOL, Tennessee,
Bobby Brown, DL, Texas A&M
Cam Sample, Edge, Tulane,
Jaelon Darden, WR, North Texas
Kenneth Gainwell, RB, Memphis
Deonte Brown, IOL, Alabama
Daviyon Nixon, DT, Iowa
Ta'Quon Graham, DT, Texas
Drew Dalman, C, Stanford
David Moore, IOL, Grambling State
Tommy Doyle, OT, Miami (OH)
James Hudson, OT, Cincinnati
Ihmir Smith-Marsette, WR, Iowa
Quincy Roche, Edge, Miami
Malcolm Koonce, Edge, Buffalo
Tylan Wallace, WR, Oklahoma State
Elijah Mitchell, RB, Louisiana Lafayette
You May Also Like:
Be sure to keep it locked on AllBengals all the time!