Round 3: Josh Paschal
Sam Hubbard and Trey Hendrickson give the Bengals a nice pair of starting edges heading into next season, but adding depth to the group should be an offseason priority. That’s why nabbing a power rusher like Paschal in Round 3 would be advisable for Cincinnati.
Paschal isn’t a classic speed rusher on the outside but he has more burst from the edge than opponents believe when looking at his frame. Combine that with his powerful strike at the point of attack and it’s easy to see why he made so many plays last season at Kentucky.
He can give the Bengals’ defense an added boost on obvious passing downs with his ability to slide inside and rush the passer. That’s going to be a need for this team if B.J. Hill isn’t back next year. Paschal isn’t going to be elite as an inside rusher, but he can help collapse the pocket with his powerful hands.
There’s a chance Paschal won’t last until Round 3 because of his high level of production in the SEC. He doesn’t project as a double-digit sack artist but he could grow into an above-average, well-rounded starter in the right system.