Cincinnati Bengals NFL Draft Breakdown

Did the Cincinnati Bengals do enough in the NFL Draft to improve on 2018?
This entry is part 2 of 32 in the series 2019 NFL Draft Breakdown

The Cincinnati Bengals had a season to forget in 2018. A 6-10 record and last place in the AFC North is not what Bengals fans wanted.

They had a lot to address in the NFL Draft and this is how they went about it.

Players Drafted

Jonah Williams11OTAlabama
Drew Sample52TEWashington
Germaine Pratt72LBNC State
Ryan Finley104QBNC State
Renell Wren125DTArizona St.
Michael Jordan136COhio State
Trayveon Williams182RBTexas A&M
Deshaun Davis210LBAuburn
Rodney Anderson211RBOklahoma
Jordan Brown223CBSth Dakota St.

Notable UDFA

Keaton SutherlandOLTexas A&M

TEAM 2019 Outlook


Alabama OT Jonah Williams was a shock fall to the Bengals at pick 11. They got the man they wanted, and he will slip nicely into the RT role from day one. This will only help to ease the pain on QB Andy Dalton.

North Carolina State QB Ryan Finley was drafted early in the fourth round as backup to Dalton. If the Bengals enter the bye in round nine with a losing record, I expect Finley to be given the starting role against the Ravens in week 10.

Picking Washington Huskies TE Drew Sample with the 52nd overall pick is designed to be an assurance for the injury-prone Tyler Eifert and inconsistent CJ Uzomah. Sample spent four seasons with the Huskies and shone brightest playing all 13 games. During his senior year, he amassed 25 receptions for 252 yards and three TDs. He is a work in progress and will not be an immediate starter.

Trayveon Williams and Rodney Anderson were picked up in the late rounds as backups for Joe Mixon and Giovani Bernard. Of the two rookies, Anderson is more likely to see snaps in the NFL in 2019, he is a dynamic runner of the ball with excellent leg strength which creates yards-after-contact.

Ohio State Centre Michael Jordan is another player the Bengals drafted. He can play at LG or C and should see some game time in 2019 under the Bengals rotation policy.


NC State LB Germaine Pratt is a solid pick up for the Bengals defense at No. 72. He is a leader of men and fits into the LB rotation behind Nick Vigil. Expect a lot of competition between these two as the season unfolds. Pratt could one day be the defensive captain in this squad.

Another LB went with pick 210, this time it was Auburn’s Deshaun Davis. Davis spent four years in Auburn, three of which as a starter. He made 112 total tackles in his senior year and had 3.5 sacks. He will continue to work hard to get a place on this roster.

One of the best pickups for the defense is DT Renell Wren from Arizona State. Wren will slot into the NT role behind Andrew Billings, moving Josh Tupou back to the 3rd string. Wren is an exciting prospect for the Bengals. He runs hard, knows his role well and only has eyes for the man with the ball.

Grade: A-

The Bengals haven’t addressed all the right areas in the Draft, it could be another long season for their fans. The defense will be improved, but the offense could struggle to score points when it matters. Another 6-10 season is looming.

As always, that's what Spinks thinks.

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