Bengals can make a match made in heaven by drafting Senior Bowl riser

Bengals can make a match made in heaven by drafting Senior Bowl riser

Practice week is finished for the 2024 Senior Bowl, and the Cincinnati Bengals saw plenty from positions of interest.

 

 

This upcoming NFL Draft class is shaping up to be absolutely stacked with pass catchers and pass blockers, and a good mix of interior pass rushers to boot.

 

 

Bengals can make a match made in heaven by drafting Senior Bowl riser

 

 

The Bengals‘ first three picks may be used on each of these position groups. Here are three prospects who showed why the Bengals should be interested in them come April.

 

 

Tyler Guyton, OT, Oklahoma

This week is when we learn who has a chance to “rise” up draft boards; AKA the media catches up to where NFL personnel has already pegged ascending prospects to be.

 

 

Guyton looked like a tackle that won’t leave the first round, despite being ranked on the cusp of Day 2 according to the Consensus Big Board.

 

 

He emerged as one of the most imposing and consistent trench players in Mobile, repping at both tackle spots and looking equally good at displaying power and quickness out of his stance. At 6’7″ 328 with 34″ arms, Guyton’s immense size and passable length should already put him on the Bengals’ radar.

Right tackle is arguably the team’s biggest need heading into the offseason. Pairing him with another former Oklahoma tackle Orlando Brown Jr. would give the Bengals a dynamic bookend duo along their offensive line. Expect to see Guyton connected to the Bengals in the first round of many mock drafts to come.

Michael Hall Jr., DT, Ohio State

If right tackle isn’t Cincinnati’s biggest need, it’s definitely defensive tackle. Hall is a bit undersized at the position at 6’2″ 280, but he’s got exactly what the Bengals lack inside: Explosion.

Hall posted a pass rush win rate of 18.3% with a true pass set pass rush grade of 87.6 last year, per Pro Football Focus. He repeatedly showed off how he wins at such a high rate in Mobile.

Cincinnati has invested plenty into its defensive line, but Trey Hendrickson remains the lone player who can consistently win one-on-one matchups with an adept pass rushing plan. Hall’s bag for getting after the quarterback is deep, and that’s useful even if you’re slightly undersized.

Hall is projected to land in the third round at this stage in the draft cycle, and that’s typically where the Bengals like to invest in pass rushers.

Ben Sinnott, TE, Kansas State

The tight end position in this draft class doesn’t stop with Brock Bowers. The Bengals may not get a chance to take the consensus No. 1 player at the position, but Sinnott is far from a lowly alternative.

Sinnott’s profile as a complete TE is very strong. Prior to measuring in at 6’4″ 254 this week, Sinnott graded out at 76.1 as a run blocker, per PFF, and was even more impressive as a receiver for the Wildcats last season.

Bengals can make a match made in heaven by drafting Senior Bowl riser

He accounted for over 21% of KSU’s passing yardage in 2023, a mark that is extremely high for tight ends, and a clear sign of future success. The Consensus Big Board has Sinnott all the way at 124th overall. If he stays in that range, the Bengals can land a steal for one of their biggest positional needs.

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