List of Cincinnati Bengals Draft Picks: Who Did Cincinnati Take in the 2023 NFL Draft?

How many total picks did the Cincinnati Bengals have in the 2023 NFL Draft? Here's how their draft haul shaped up during April's festivities.

The Cincinnati Bengals have been a consistent conference title contender since the drafting of Joe Burrow. There’s no doubt that this franchise has been revitalized from obscurity with his selection. It shows the power of the NFL Draft to change a franchise when they get the picks right.

The Bengals are hoping for that coming out of the 2023 NFL Draft. Cincinnati’s title window has closed in terms of getting through it while still on Burrow’s rookie contract. He’s due a new contract that promises to make him one of the highest-paid players in football history. Did they add enough cheap, young talent in the draft to keep pursuing the Lombardi Trophy?

Cincinnati Bengals Draft Picks by Round in 2023

  • Round 1, Pick 28
    Myles Murphy, EDGE, Clemson
  • Round 2, Pick 60
    DJ Turner, CB, Michigan
  • Round 3, Pick 95 (From KC)
    Jordan Battle, S, Alabama
  • Round 4, Pick 131
    Charlie Jones, WR, Purdue
  • Round 5, Pick 163
    Chase Brown, RB, Illinois
  • Round 6, Pick 206
    Andrei Iosivas, WR, Princeton
  • Round 6, Pick 217 (From KC)*
    Brad Robbins, P, Michigan
  • Round 7, Pick 246
    DJ Ivey, CB, Miami (FL)

*denotes compensatory selections

The Bengals spent the 2023 NFL Draft attempting to fortify an elite defense. The offense and Burrow get a lot of the press, but it can be argued that the defense has sustained their status as an elite team these last few years. They’ve been among the league’s best in preventing their opponents from efficiently scoring points.

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However, Burrow — and one of the best wide receiver rooms in the NFL — can have anyone believing they will always have a shot. It appears that, in 2023, the Bengals opted to ensure that there is always an elite defense to get them the ball.

Who Did the Bengals Draft in 2023?

Myles Murphy is expected to come in and start opposite Trey Hendrickson. A consistent pass-rush upgrade was needed in Cincinnati, who was around the league average in sacks and pressures in 2022. When competing with the likes of Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes in the postseason, consistent pressure generation is a must.

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The Bengals’ other significant need was cornerback, and they wasted no time addressing that with their second-round pick. DJ Turner was considered by many to be a top secondary player in the 2023 draft. Getting him at pick 60 must feel like a steal in Cincinnati.

There are two ways to slow down a passing offense — pass rush and pass coverage. The Bengals upgraded both in the 2023 NFL Draft.

How Many Draft Picks Did the Bengals Have Entering the 2023 NFL Draft?

The Bengals made eight selections in the 2023 NFL Draft. Of those eight picks, four were on the defensive side of the ball, while three were on offense, plus a punter. Cincinnati made a selection in each of the seven rounds and two in the sixth.

The Bengals had a need at edge rusher, and with their first selection, that’s the direction they went. As mentioned, Cincinnati stayed on the defensive side of the ball in Round 2 and took perhaps their second most significant need at cornerback. Eli Apple was the odd man out in free agency, so replacing him with Turner was critical.

Many thought the Bengals would target offensive tackle in this draft, but they answered that by signing Orlando Brown Jr. in free agency as their LT. Cincinnati has moved Jonah Williams to right tackle, and his initial discontent with this decision has faded. We’ll see how much of an upgrade Brown is on Williams, and Williams is on La’El Collins, but it should be noticeably better.

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