The Cincinnati Bengals‘ strong offseason continued on Thursday night with a great first-round selection.

When the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft turned into a trading frenzy, the Bengals decided to stay patient. And their patience paid off.

Cincinnati selected Michigan safety Daxton Hill with the No. 31 overall pick.

Hill is a top 10 or top 15 talent. There’s really no good reason for why he fell to the end of the first round (he’s a bit undersized but that’s it).

Mar 5, 2022; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Michigan defensive back Dax Hill (DB53) talks to the media during the 2022 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Bengals are getting a player in Hill that can line up over a slot receiver or tight end, he can rush the passer, he plays fast and he’s a ballhawk.

He’s essentially like another version of superstar safety Tyrann Mathieu.

With Jessie Bates looking unlikely to remain in Cincinnati long-term, plus Vonn Bell entering the final season of his contract, it was important for the Bengals to address the safety position in this draft. The fact they got Hill this late in the first round is a massive steal.

It’s hard to imagine a scenario where the Bengals’ offseason goes better than it has so far. If you’re a Cincinnati fan, you should be thrilled with everything the Bengals have done since losing the Super Bowl.

And that includes drafting Hill, who appears to be a future stud.

There are going to be a lot of teams that will regret passing on the former Michigan standout.

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