Bengals draft picks: Grades for Cincinnati selections in 2022 NFL Draft

The Cincinnati Bengals made a incredible run to the Super Bowl in January and February.

After an ahead-of-schedule year, Cincinnati need to upgrade in the secondary and in the defensive front.

Here's the Bengals' picks, selections and grades for the 2022 NFL Draft.

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1st Round, No. 31 overall | Dax Hill, DB, Michigan

Instant grade: B-minus

Analysis: Hill will play all over the defensive backfield for the Bengals. The NFL is trending toward these multi-positional defensive backs, though I liked the next pick better. He will be caught out against the run, but that's not why he was a first rounder anyway.

2nd Round, No. 60 overall (from Tampa Bay via Buffalo) | Cam Taylor-Britt, DB, Nebraska

Instant grade: B

Analysis: Taylor-Britt is solid in coverage, and he's likely to be a safety as a pro. That being said, I'm not sold on his playmaking ability as a versatile safety. We'll see.

3rd Round, No. 95 overall | Zachary Carter, DL, Florida

Instant grade: C-plus

Analysis: Carter showed some pass rush ability at Florida, but where does he play as a pro?

4th Round, No. 136 overall | Cordell Volson, OL, North Dakota State

Instant grade: B-plus

5th Round, No. 166 overall (from Arizona via Philadelphia via Houston) | Tycen Anderson, DB, Toledo

Instant grade: B-plus

7th Round, No. 252 overall | Jeffrey Gunter, EDGE, Coastal Carolina

Instant grade: B-plus

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