The 2022 NFL Draft is just a couple of weeks out, therefore, draft pundits are going to kick things into high gear over the coming days.

The Athletic‘s Dane Brugler is one of them. He recently released his seven-round mock draft for all 32 NFL teams and all 262 picks. Brugler is one of the most respected and most knowledgeable pundits in the country and his mock drafts always contain the most important aspects/factors when it comes to predicting a team’s future picks.

What does he have in mind for the Cincinnati Bengals? Let’s dive in and find out.

Brugler has the Bengals selecting the following players:

  • Round 1, Pick No. 31 overall: C Tyler Linderbaum, Iowa Hawkeyes
  • Round 2, Pick No. 63 overall: CB Cam Taylor-Britt, Nebraska Cornhuskers
  • Round 3, Pick No. 95 overall: S Bryan Cook, Cincinnati Bearcats
  • Round 4, Pick No. 136 overall: TE James Mitchell, Virginia Tech
  • Round 5, Pick No. 174 overall: WR Kyle Phillips, UCLA Bruins
  • Round 6, Pick No. 209 overall: EDGE David Anenih, Houston Cougars
  • Round 7, Pick No. 226 overall: RB Keaontay Ingram, USC Trojans
  • Round 7, Pick No. 252 overall: LS Cal Admoitis, Pittsburgh Panthers 

Best pick: C Tyler Linderbaum

You want your first-round pick to be your best pick and that’s exactly the case when it comes to Linderbaum and the Bengals.

We actually had him going to the Bengals in our most recent Bengals mock draft. It makes too much sense. Ted Karras has shown over a long enough time that he is very capable of playing guard, so, he’ll occupy the left guard position while former Buccaneer Alex Cappa mans the right.

Linderbaum excels in a zone scheme, which is what the Bengals run. But more importantly, he’s good enough in pass protection to keep Joe Burrow upright more often than not.

I really, really like the pick of Mitchell in the fourth round. He could be the steal of the draft if he fully recovers from his ACL injury and develops his game. However, Linderbaum is a very good player, he fills a position of need, and the pick he was taken with didn’t reflect overspending.

Worst pick: RB Keontay Ingram

There really isn’t a “worst pick” in this draft. But, just to play along, we’ll go with Ingram.

It has nothing to do with Ingram, really. And, we all know seventh-rounders are usually fliers, anyway. But, when you look at Cincinnati’s roster, it looks like they are set at running back. There are currently six running backs on the roster and the top-4 appears looks solid with Joe Mixon, Samaje Perine, Chris Evans, and Pooka Williams in the fold.

The other factor is the fact that Jack Sanborn was still on the board in the seventh round. He’s your traditional Wisconsin thumper at linebacker and would be a great special teams presence, as well as a potential key backup later in his career.

Final word

Overall, this is a really solid draft. Not only do the Bengals grab players who can come in and compete, but they also added one very probable starter and a couple of other players who could be big contributors in 2022.

Their top-4 picks could eventually become starters, as well. Meaning, the Bengals drafted for both the present and the future. That’s always a good formula when comes to sustaining success in the NFL.

You can check out Brugler’s full seven-round mock draft, here.

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