Day 1 – William Jackson III, CB, Houston (Rd 1, #24)
I’m sure William Jackson III was not the Bengals number 1 target in the first round. I’m sure they were targeting one of the four receivers that were taken just before they were on the clock. With that said, Jackson III isn’t a bad pick by any means. He won’t be expected to be a number one or two corner immediately and will have time to hone the skills necessary to be a starter.
Day 2 – Tyler Boyd, WR, Pittsburgh (Rd 2, #55), Nick Vigil, LB, Utah State (Rd 3, #87)
Like the Day 1 selection, neither of these picks have much of a wow factor, but they both make sense and are good picks. Boyd was actually underrated in my eyes and I think will be able to be a productive receiver, especially with all of the weapons he is now surrounded by in Cincinnati. Vigil needs to develop in a few areas – strength being one of them – he will, like Boyd, be able to fill a role on this team.
Day 3 – Andrew Billings, NT, Baylor (Rd 4, #122), Christian Westerman, OG, Arizona State (Rd 5, #161), Cody Core, WR, Ole Miss (Rd 6, #199), Clayton Fejedelem, S, Illinois (Rd 7, #245)
Like the Ravens, the Bengals tend to draft very well and they especially seem to excel in the later rounds; this year is another example of that. Billings is one of the bigger steals of the draft and figures to be an excellent eventual replacement for Domata Peko. Westerman was another steal, and the Bengals snatched him up in the 5th round! He’ll definitely solidify their interior o-line.