3 Most Likely Bengals Draft Targets With the 31st Overall Pick

Larry Rupp
Three of the most likely draft targets for the Cincinnati Bengals with the No. 31 overall pick.
Three of the most likely draft targets for the Cincinnati Bengals with the No. 31 overall pick. / Andy Lyons/GettyImages

The Cincinnati Bengals exceeded all expectations in 2021 and made their first Super Bowl appearance in over three decades. Quarterback Joe Burrow guided an impressive playoff run and will aim to build off that success moving forward. All eyes now turn toward the offseason for the front office.

This roster is full of talent on both sides of the ball and is capable of winning back-to-back AFC North titles. It could benefit from a bit of re-shaping, though. With that being said, here are three of the most likely draft targets for Cincinnati with the No. 13 overall pick.

Cincinnati Bengals NFL Draft

1. Trevor Penning, OL (Northern Iowa)

Mark Farley, Trevor Penning
Trevor Penning has the upside of a multi-year starter along the O-line. / David Purdy/GettyImages

It's not hard to tell that the Bengals need to address their offensive line woes before Week 1 kickoff arrives in September. Burrow was sacked a whopping 70 times across 20 games in 2021 and could not stay upright in the pocket due to the constant pressure. Trevor Penning is not exactly a household name after playing at Northern Iowa during college, but he can flat out block. Penning has the ability to get out on the perimeter during running plays and the explosiveness to push defensive linemen back during passing plays. Although he lined up at left tackle at UNI, he would be an immediate upgrade over Isaiah Prince at right tackle.

2. Devonte Wyatt, DL (Georgia)

Devonte Wyatt
Devonte Wyatt could immediately fill the gap left a DT. / Steve Limentani/ISI Photos/GettyImages

The Bengals could very well lose both BJ Hill and Larry Ogunjobi to free agency this offseason. That would leave them thin at defensive tackle and in need of some depth. Drafting someone from the defending champion Georgia Bulldogs is never a bad idea. Devonte Wyatt put together his best college season this past fall, racking up 39 tackles (7.0 for loss), 2.5 sacks and 2 forced fumbles. The power he possesses from the three-technique spot should allow for an easy transition to the next level. Cincinnati tied for the 11th-most sacks in the NFL this past season. Adding Wyatt to the mix would only increase the team's chances of beating that number.

3. Kenyon Green, OL (Texas A&M)

Kenyon Green
Kenyon Green has the intangibles needed to make it in the NFL. / Ron Jenkins/GettyImages

A couple of offensive linemen tend to fall in the NFL Draft every year. The Bengals have to be hoping that ends up being the case with Texas A&M's Kenyon Green. Green can line up at multiple position along the O-line and is used to playing in competitive environments during SEC conference play. The two-time All-American has the size (6-foot-4, 325 pounds) to match up against even the biggest NFL defensive linemen. Not only that, but his footwork and hand skills makes it hard for anyone to get by him. Cincinnati needs a plug-and-play starter and Green has the skillset needed to earn a starting spot from the get-go.

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