CINCINNATI — The Bengals continue to improve their secondary.
Taylor-Britt should instantly contribute on defense for the Bengals.
"Love everything he's about. Love his energy, love his athleticism, his size, his speed. A really competitive guy," head coach Zac Taylor said. "Really excited to get Cam over here and get back to work."
Taylor-Britt ran a 4.38 40-yard dash at 5-11, 196 pounds. He also has a 75.5-inch wingspan.
He has experience at safety and cornerback, but has also played in multiple defensive schemes. He's comfortable in press-man situations, but should also thrive in zone.
"We want guys to be able to play man-to-man because when it comes right down to it when the rubber meets the road, they have to be able to guard a receiver and stop them from catching the ball," defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo said. "He's proven he can do that. He's a good press corner, but he's also shown some flexibility in playing in some deep zones in some safety stuff, but also as a corner, so he's done a little bit of everything, which is great."
The Bengals traded their sixth-round pick (209 overall) to the Bills to move up from No. 63 to No. 60 to take Taylor-Britt.
It sounds like they expect him to have an instant impact as a rookie.
"That was somebody we identified that we wanted," Taylor said. "And we didn't want to risk there with maybe a team or two in front of us that could take him."
Look for him to compete with Eli Apple right away. Apple may start, but Taylor-Britt should see plenty of snaps on defense as a rookie.
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