Round 4, Pick 131: Riley Moss, CB, Iowa
As previously mentioned, the Cincinnati Bengals do have a bit to worry about at corner. Awuzie is set to be a free agent next offseason, and while Cam Taylor-Britt played well, it could leave a boundary spot open in 2024. Riley Moss would be great insurance on day three. Moss can play well in press man and in off coverage, and he’s ferocious coming downhill against the run.
Round 5, Pick 163: Keondre Coburn, DL, Texas
The 2024 offseason will be an interesting one for the Cincinnati Bengals in more ways than corner. D.J. Reader is also set to be a free agent, and if the Bengals want to keep a duo that smothers the run game in a Lou Anarumo defense, planning for the future at defensive tackle makes sense. Keondre Coburn is the type of player who can anchor the run game to free up the second level, and allow the Bengals to keep more defenders on the back end of their defense.
Round 6, Pick 206: Jordan Howden, SAF, Minnesota
Don’t forget about the back end of the secondary in Cincinnati. Even though Dax Hill is set to start, they lost both Jessie Bates and Vonn Bell. The 2023 NFL Draft doesn’t have a strong safety class, so waiting is probably the best option. Jordan Howden packs a skill set that works for the back end. He’s got two interceptions and 10 passes defensed since 2021, and his athleticism functionally translates into sufficient range.
Round 7, Pick 246: Travis Dye, RB, USC
It’s probably smart for the Cincinnati Bengals to double down at running back. Even though he’s coming back from injury, Travis Dye would inject some more burst and toughness into the running back room, and his smaller, shifty style meshes with Johnson’s power.