The Bengals don’t have to go very far for their fifth-round selection with Cincinnati tight end Josiah Deguara.
Burrow had some nice security blankets at the tight end position while at LSU (Thaddeus Moss and Stephen Sullivan), so it makes sense for the Bengals to add one for him on Day 3. Deguara is talented as both an in-line blocker and receiver, making him a nice complement to CJ Uzomah and 2019 second-rounder Drew Sample.
Deguara was a redshirt freshman when Zac Taylor served as the Bearcats’ offensive coordinator back in 2016, so that familiarity could pay off in the draft process.
Vonn Bell was a nice addition at safety for Cincinnati, but there is plenty of room for depth with several reserves (plus Shawn Williams) slated to hit free agency next season.
Michigan’s Josh Metellus is one such player who could fill that need for the Bengals on Day 3. He excels at playing downhill and should immediately carve out a nice role for himself on special teams. Metellus was also teammates in high school with Steelers linebacker Devin Bush, whom Cincinnati hosted last year for a pre-draft visit.
The Bengals’ defensive line figures to be one of their biggest strengths next season so why not add Baylor’s all-time sack leader to the fold?
James Lynch finished his Bears career with 22 sacks and Cincinnati could feel that production will translate to the next level. What he lacks in length (sub-32 inch arms), he makes up for with a great motor and upper body strength.
Adding D.J. Reader will shore up the run defense in the middle, so Lynch would be a great fit to sub in as a rotational player on passing downs.