After losing to the Los Angeles Rams in the Super Bowl, the Cincinnati Bengals will turn to the 2022 NFL Draft for help as they hope to go on another deep playoff run next season.
The Bengals have eight picks to make this year, with their top selection coming at No. 31. Although there are certainly prospects that can help them remain contenders, there are also some mistakes that must be avoided.
Here are three players that the Bengals need to avoid with their first-round pick.
Cincinnati Bengals NFL Draft
1. Arnold Ebiketie, EDGE, Penn State
The pass rush is one area that the Bengals hope to address in the Draft. Even if that's the case, Penn State's Arnold Ebiketie is one EDGE worth avoiding. Although he has some impressive skills, Ebiketie's lack of lower-body strength often gets him stuck at the line, which could be an issue as he faces bigger bodies in the NFL. Furthermore, he also struggled against the run and while he could get by like that at Penn State, professional edge rushers need to be able to do a bit of everything to have a successful career. Taking that into account, the Bengals are better off looking for help elsewhere.
2. Kyler Gordon, CB , Washington
The Bengals are also looking to improve their cornerback situation at the 2022 NFL. While Washington's Kyler Gordon is one player they could have their eyes on, they probably shouldn't. His last season was the only real standout campaign of his career, meaning scouts are unsure if that's the real him or an anomaly. Taking that into account, the Bengals should pass on the 22-year-old CB.
3. David Ojabo, EDGE, Michigan
As mentioned above, EDGE is one of the Bengals' top priorities this month. Although Michigan's David Ojabo may be attractive to some, he shouldn't be on Cincinnati's first-round board. He tore his Achilles at Michigan's Pro Day last month, leaving his NFL debut timetable up in the air. With the Bengals in win-now mode, they can't afford to take the necessary time to develop a player like Ojabo. It's an entirely different story if he's still on the board on Day 2, but Cincinnati needs its first-round pick to be an instant impact player this year.
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