Cincinnati Bengals Draft Picks 2022: Daxton Hill brings a downhill style of play to the Queen City

Taking a look at the haul of picks made by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2022 NFL Draft ahead, during, and after the draft.

Though the Cincinnati Bengals’ one weakness was ultimately their downfall in 2021, their offseason acquisitions seemingly have shored up their offensive line. As such, the Bengals opened their 2022 NFL Draft haul being able to go in a number of different directions. The Bengals have multiple picks that should ultimately help the team in the 2022 NFL season and beyond through this draft.

Cincinnati Bengals draft picks in 2022

With the penultimate pick of the first round, the Bengals entered the fray with but a few holes to fix. And fittingly for Cincinnati, that hole lies where the draft class itself may have presented a gift to them. Ultimately, what the Bengals choose to do in the first round has ripple effects that will trickle down throughout the remaining picks.

Though it didn’t go their way with Tyler Linderbaum, the Bengals did grab a position of need with the selection of Daxton Hill. A downhill thumper and closer of space in coverage, Hill is a massive upgrade on the backend.

Cincinnati Bengals 2022 NFL Draft team needs

While the Cincinnati Bengals secured a couple of players at spots of need, this offensive line could still use help. Alex Cappa’s four-year, $35 million deal is a decent one, meaning he’ll likely pencil in to start at guard. Outside of that, the Bengals are absolutely in the market for depth and improvement at nearly every other offensive line position.

If Tyler Linderbaum is available at 31 and the Bengals decide to go another route, we riot on behalf of Joe Shiesty and his family. While Ted Karras has played and could continue to play center, why force him into that role when there’s a perfectly good rookie to draft there. Center is a market inefficiency in the NFL Draft, and they could reap the reward in 2022. — Dalton Miller

  • Center
  • Safety
  • Offensive Guard
  • Cornerback
  • Tight End

Cam Mellor is the Senior Director of the College Football/NFL Draft vertical for Pro Football Network. You can find his writing here. Follow him on Twitter: @CamMellor.