The Cincinnati Bengals are in an unusual position in the 2022 NFL Draft.

Cincinnati is usually picking early in the first round, but thanks to the Bengals’ Super Bowl run this past season, Cincy is picking No. 31 on Thursday night.

That means the Bengals’ draft plans will be largely dependent on what the teams in front of them do.

Cincinnati has a few needs they can address. They can continue to bolster their offensive line. Or they could choose to address their secondary with a cornerback or a safety.

Whichever direction they go, they should get a solid player that could be a day one starter at the end of the first round.

Here are the best players available at positions of need for the Bengals.

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


  • Kyle Hamilton — Notre Dame Drafted by Ravens No. 14 overall
  • Daxton Hill — Michigan
  • Lewis Cine — Georgia


  • Trent McDuffie — Washington Drafted by Packers at No. 22 overall
  • Kaiir Elam — Florida Drafted by Bills No. 23 overall 
  • Andrew Booth — Clemson
  • Kyler Gordon — Washington

Offensive linemen

  • Trevor Penning — Northern Iowa Drafted by Saints No. 19 overall
  • Kenyon Green — Texas A&M Drafted by Texans No. 15 overall
  • Zion Johnson — Boston College Drafted by Chargers No. 17 overall
  • Tyler Smith — Tulsa Drafted by Cowboys No. 24 overall
  • Tyler Linderbaum — Iowa Drafted by Ravens No. 25 overall

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