What's next for the Bengals as draft enters Day 3?

CINCINNATI -- If you're a fan of the line of scrimmage, this Cincinnati Bengals' draft has been right up your alley.

The Bengals' first three picks were devoted to positions that specialize in playing in the trenches, and that hinge on pushing around defenders so that running backs have big lanes to run through, and quarterbacks have all day to throw.

That's a good thing.

It also ought to be viewed favorably that with their late-third-round compensatory pick, the Bengals added an aggressive linebacker who adequately fits the mold of physicality the team clearly was trying to establish in this draft.

Cedric Ogbuehi, Jake Fisher, Tyler Kroft and Paul Dawson may not become household names among the Bengals faithful in 2015, but by 2017 they certainly could be.

As has been said all offseason in this space, this year's draft isn't about Cincinnati addressing areas of immediate need. That's primarily because there aren't any immediate needs to address for a team that essentially returns all but two 2014 starters on both offense and defense. With 26 players eligible for free agency next March, depth creation had to be Cincinnati's focus.

So far, the Bengals have drafted to it.

So where do they turn in Day 3? Remember, the Bengals have five picks in Rounds 4-7. Here are a few positions the Bengals could target, along with names they have either visited or expressed interest in:


The Bengals had a slew of receivers to pick from in the first three rounds, but they weren't tempted to add any, preferring to stick with the "best available" order on their big board. With players such as Devin Smith and Tyler Lockett now gone, where do they turn in Rounds 4-7?

Possible WRs: Justin Hardy (East Carolina), Jamison Crowder (Duke), Rashad Greene (Florida State), Mario Alford (West Virginia)

Defensive tackle

Many thought the Bengals might shore up this position earlier in the draft since veteran Domata Peko is only two years shy of the end of his current deal, and because three other defensive tackles could be free agents next offseason. Upon further review of this draft, though, the Bengals had no reason to rush drafting a tackle. There are currently nine players battling for spots on the line. Pat Sims and Devon Still will fight this training camp for the anticipated final tackle job. Will a rookie join them?

Possible DTs: Mike Bennett (Ohio State), Grady Jarrett (Clemson), Marcus Hardison (Arizona State)


While corner isn't a major need, the Bengals haven't shut the door on adding players at the position following veteran Terence Newman's departure earlier this offseason. Safety definitely is an area of need with both starters facing free agency next offseason.

Possible CBs and safeties: Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (Oregon), Tye Smith (Towson), Damian Swann (Georgia), Brian Blechen (Utah), Derron Smith (Fresno State)


Like defensive tackle, the Bengals don't need to be in a rush to add defensive ends and outside linebackers. Michael Johnson's free-agency acquisition took care of much of that. Still, at least one edge rusher could come off the board Saturday.

Possible DEs and OLBs: Za'Darius Smith (Kentucky), Davis Tull (Tennessee-Chattanooga), Marcus Rush (Michigan State)

Wild cards

Although solid atop these two positions, the Bengals spent time looking into a few running backs and quarterbacks. Don't be surprised if they get drafted late or are unsigned free agents.

Possible RBs and QBs: Brett Hundley (UCLA), Terrell Watson (Azusa Pacific), Michael Burton (Rutgers), Connor Neighbors (LSU)