Round 4, 136th Overall: Tyreke Smith, EDGE, Ohio State
The Cincinnati Bengals nailed it with the signing of Trey Hendrickson in free agency in 2021, and he was a fantastic replacement for Carl Lawson, who left for the Jets. Hendrickson formed a good duo with Sam Hubbard on the edge to pressure quarterbacks while also defending the run.
Even with Cameron Sample and Khalid Kareem as depth on the edge, there’s no guarantee that it’s enough. It’s important to have a deep unit of pass rushers, and Tyreke Smith would add to that as a day three pick. He’s got the twitch, flashes instances of converting speed to power, and can win around the arc.
Round 5, 174th Overall: Samori Toure, WR, Nebraska
Yes, the Cincinnati Bengals are loaded at receiver. Chase, Tee Higgins, and Tyler Boyd are a phenomenal trio, but there isn’t much depth behind them that provide the explosiveness on the perimeter (Trent Taylor, Mike Thomas).
Samori Toure transferred to Nebraska from Montana for 2021, and is gaining some steam in draft circles. He’s been meeting with teams recently, and is a fluid mover and exceptional deep threat in the 2022 NFL Draft class. Toure only trails He’s quick to build up speed, tracks the ball well, and can be another vertical threat in the Bengals offense as a day three selection.