PFF draft board: Cincinnati Bengals

Analyst Mike Renner takes a pick-by-pick look at the 2016 draft prospects that best fit the Bengals' needs.

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PFF draft board: Cincinnati Bengals

PFF is putting together team-specific draft boards for all 32 franchise using our draft rankings and evaluation of how each player fits in specific schemes.

Included are three ideal targets for each team with their first-, second-, and third-round picks, along with a team-specific draft board [scroll down to bottom of article] that includes every player in PFF’s draft rankings.

Here is the entry for the Cincinnati Bengals:

Round 1 (24th overall)

Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama

Russell Bodine has had his chances, and the need to upgrade at the position has become apparent. Kelly is the top center on our board, and the scheme fit couldn’t be better. The senior is a mauler in the run game and had one of the more dominant stretches we saw from a center all year leading up to the national title game.

Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor

Coleman is more than just a speedster, and if he lasts until pick No. 24, I imagine the Bengals would be ecstatic to hand a card in with his name on it. Coleman was on pace to be the top-graded receiver last year by a mile when Seth Russell was healthy. Even with a third-string quarterback under center, Coleman still managed 3.97 yards per route run, the third-highest total in the FBS.

Karl Joseph, S, West Virginia

With Reggie Nelson walking to Oakland, the safety position next to George Iloka has an opening. Joseph is the only safety outside of Jalen Ramsey (who played the position in 2014) we’ve deemed worthy of a possible first-round selection. The former Mountaineer may have been a lock first-rounder if he hadn’t missed most of his senior season. He was playing out of his mind with five interceptions in four games before being lost for the year with a knee injury.

Round 2 (55th overall)

Cyrus Jones, CB, Alabama

Jones has all the tools to be a slot cornerback right away and potentially grow into a full-time starter on the outside. He was the seventh-highest-graded cornerback in the country last year, but his height (5-foot-10) will push him down a bit.

Austin Johnson, DT, Penn State

Johnson had the second-best run-defense grade of any nose tackle in the FBS last year. His best fit is as a one-technique, a position that Cincinnati uses as much as any team in the NFL. With Domata Peko losing steam in his early 30s, Johnson could bring some pop back to the Bengals’ run defense.

Leonte Carroo, WR, Rutgers

Carroo is another guy that may have gone higher if he could have stayed healthy the past two years. In only 363 snaps a season ago, the Rutgers wideout averaged 4.11 yards per route run, the highest figure of anyone in the draft class. At the Senior Bowl, he posted the highest win percentage of any receiver in the one-on-ones.

Round 3 (87th overall)

De’Vante Harris, CB, Texas A&M

Harris was one of the stingier corners in the country last year, allowing only 275 yards in 877 snaps. He has a reckless streak, though, and lacks the pure speed to get away with it in the NFL. There is definitely upside here for a mid-rounder, however.

Bronson Kaufusi, DE, BYU

The Bengals certainly have a mold for their defensive ends, and it’s one that Kaufusi fits. He might not be the physical freak that Margus Hunt was coming out, but Kaufusi is a much more polished football player. Kaufusi was tops among all interior players in pass-rushing productivity last season.

Keyarris Garrett, WR, Tulsa

Garrett is a physically-imposing receiver at 6-foot-3, 220 pounds. He’s also got some speed to burn, and was one of the most productive deep receivers a year ago. His 725 yards on deep passes finished as second-most in the FBS last season.

PlayerPositionSchoolPFF Draft BoardCincinnati Bengals Draft Board
Joey BosaEDGEOhio State11
Jalen RamseyCBFlorida State32
Myles JackLBUCLA63
Jared GoffQBCal44
Corey ColemanWRBaylor95
Josh DoctsonWRTCU106
DeForest BucknerDIOregon27
Ezekiel ElliottRBOhio State78
Sheldon RankinsDILouisville89
Laremy TunsilOTOle Miss510
William Jackson IIICBHouston1511
Jack ConklinOTMichigan State1312
Shaq LawsonEDGEClemson1113
Chris JonesDIMississippi State1214
Vernon HargreavesCBFlorida1815
Sterling ShepardWROklahoma2316
Cody WhitehairGKansas State1717
Jaylon SmithLBNotre Dame2518
Leonard FloydEDGEGeorgia1919
Karl JosephSWest Virginia3020
Leonte CarrooWRRutgers3521
Rashard HigginsWRColorado State4022
Jonathan BullardDIFlorida2723
Michael Thomas (OSU)WROhio State2424
Laquon TreadwellWROle Miss2825
Sheldon DayDINotre Dame3426
Reggie RaglandLBAlabama2627
Jarran ReedDIAlabama2028
Emmanuel OgbahEDGEOklahoma State3728
Andrew BillingsDIBaylor2230
Austin JohnsonDIPenn State3931
Ryan KellyCAlabama4232
Robert NkemdicheDIOle Miss4432
Kalan ReedCBSouthern Miss5434
Michael Thomas (SM)WRSouthern Miss3835
Hunter HenryTEArkansas3336
Shilique CalhounEDGEMichigan State2937
Carson WentzQBNorth Dakota State1438
Joshua GarnettGStanford5038
De'Vante HarrisCBTexas A&M6940
Su'a CravensLBUSC4841
Cyrus JonesCBAlabama7742
Maliek CollinsDINebraska6143
Will FullerWRNotre Dame6044
Adolphus WashingtonDIOhio State4345
Jeremy CashSDuke5346
Darron LeeLBOhio State8147
Taylor DeckerOTOhio State5248
Kenneth DixonRBLouisiana Tech4749
Carl NassibEDGEPenn State6849
Ronnie StanleyOTNotre Dame1651
Daniel BravermanWRWestern Michigan6251
Paul PerkinsRBUCLA4953
Malcolm MitchellWRGeorgia6754
Nick MartinCNotre Dame4555
Cre'Von LeBlancCBFlorida Atlantic9356
Hassan RidgewayDITexas5757
Kenny ClarkDIUCLA5857
Nick KwiatkowskiLBWest Virginia7659
Tyler BoydWRPittsburgh8260
Darius LathamDIIndiana8461
Christian WestermanGArizona State8561
Kevin DoddEDGEClemson7063
Mackenzie AlexanderCBClemson2164
Jerell AdamsTESouth Carolina5965
Vonn BellSOhio State9066
Connor CookQBMichigan State7567
Joe SchobertEDGEWisconsin7467
Pharoh CooperWRSouth Carolina9669
Devin LucienWRArizona State9269
Braxton MillerWROhio State9869
Matt SkuraCDuke12872
Keyarris GarrettWRTulsa6473
Javon HargraveDISouth Carolina State7974
Spencer DrangoGBaylor10775
Paxton LynchQBMemphis5576
Jordan HowardRBIndiana5676
Alex CollinsRBArkansas8778
Eli AppleCBOhio State3179
Scooby Wright IIILBArizona7179
Jason SpriggsOTIndiana4681
Dean LowryDINorthwestern9782
Isaac SeumaloGOregon State6383
Joe ThuneyOTNC State5184
Kentrell BrothersLBMissouri10884
Xavien HowardCBBaylor8086
Darian ThompsonSBoise State8386
Vernon ButlerDILouisiana Tech3288
Bronson KaufusiEDGEBYU6688
Willie HenryDIMichigan9988
Sebastian TretolaGArkansas12688
Ronald BlairEDGEAppalachian State10288
Tavon YoungCBTemple11593
Joshua PerryLBOhio State8694
Nick VanHooseCBNorthwestern8894
Noah SpenceEDGEEastern Kentucky3696
Brandon DoughtyQBWestern Kentucky10996
Shon ColemanOTAuburn9198
Kevin PetersonCBOklahoma State9499
A'Shawn RobinsonDIAlabama41100
Matt IoannidisDITemple124100
Steven DanielsLBBoston College101102
Demarcus AyersWRHouston150103
Jordan PaytonWRUCLA118104
Le'Raven ClarkOTTexas Tech119105
Thomas DuarteTEUCLA89106
Kevin ByardSMiddle Tennessee State73107
Kyler FackrellEDGEUtah State65108
Anthony ZettelDIPenn State114108
Austin HooperTEStanford125110
Aaron BurbridgeWRMichigan State138111
Austin BlytheCIowa203112
Joe DahlOTWashington State112113
Kamalei CorreaEDGEBoise State78114
Will AnthonyEDGENavy132114
Nelson SpruceWRColorado145116
Germain IfediOTTexas A&M182117
Jake McGeeTEFlorida123118
Tajae SharpeWRUmass180119
Jakeem GrantWRTexas Tech173119
Darrell GreeneGSan Diego State157121
David MorganTEUTSA153122
Devon CajusteTEStanford174123
Max TuerkCUSC113124
Kyle MurphyOTStanford72125
Derrick HenryRBAlabama95126
Kendall FullerCBVirginia Tech139127
Cardale JonesQBOhio State222128
Landon TurnerGNorth Carolina133128
Devontae BookerRBUtah103128
C.J. ProsiseRBNotre Dame105128
Cody KesslerQBUSC106128
Henry Krieger-CobleTEIowa230133
Demarcus RobinsonWRFlorida140134
Will ParksSArizona100135
Nila KasitatiGOklahoma152136
Jack AllenCMichigan State122137
Byron MarshallWROregon121138
D.J. ReaderDIClemson162139
Brandon AllenQBArkansas104139
B.J. GoodsonLBClemson146139
Taveze CalhounCBMississippi State147139
Daniel LascoRBCal141143
Jayron KearseSClemson120144
Will RedmondCBMississippi State116144
Matt JohnsonQBBowling Green110146
Vernon Adams, JRQBOregon111146
Terrell ChestnutCBWest Virginia129148
Jatavis BrownLBAkron131148
Jihad WardDIIllinois159150
Keanu NealSFlorida176150
Tyrone HolmesEDGEMontana130152
Joe HaegOTNorth Dakota State117153
Eric MurrayCBMinnesota154154
Trevone BoykinQBTCU142155
Charles TapperEDGEOklahoma136155
Kenyan DrakeRBAlabama135155
Jonathan WilliamsRBArkansas137155
Miles KillebrewSSouther Utah187159
Tyler MatakevichLBTemple185159
Perez FordLBNorthern Illinois188159
Brandon ShellOTSouth Carolina191162
Tyler GrayLBBoise State160163
Justin SimmonsSBoston College163163
D.J. WhiteCBGeorgia Tech155163
Nile Lawrence-StampleDIFlorida State148166
Jacoby BrissettQBNC State151166
Kevin HoganQBStanford143166
Jeff DriskelQBLouisiana Tech149166
Kolby ListenbeeWRTCU181170
Trevon ColeyDIFlorida Atlantic186171
Eddie YarbroughEDGEWyoming192171
Nick VigilLBUtah State205173
KeiVarae RussellCBNotre Dame171174
Corey TindalCBMarshall172174
Graham GlasgowGMichigan158176
Eric StrikerEDGEOklahoma165176
Cory JohnsonDIKentucky156176
Ryker MathewsGBYU164176
Joey HuntCTCU189180
Cody CoreWROle Miss184181
Kenny LawlerWRCal193181
Jordan JenkinsEDGEGeorgia127183
Connor WujciakDIBoston College204183
Caleb AzubikeEDGEVanderbilt209183
Adam GotsisDIGeorgia Tech177186
Jhurell PressleyRBNew Mexico179186
Artie BurnsCBMiami144188
Yannick NgakoueEDGEMaryland134189
Teddy RubenWRTroy212190
Rees OdhiamboGBoise State190191
DeAndre WashingtonRBTexas Tech194191
Tyler ErvinRBSan Jose State197191
Rashard RobinsonCBLSU200194
Clayton FejedelemSIllinois201194
Tanner McEvoySWisconsin206194
Blake MartinezLBStanford198194
Donte DeayonCBBoise State199194
Boston StiversonGKansas State237199
Jarell BroxtonGBaylor238199
Vadal AlexanderGLSU243199
Alex LewisOTNebraska183202
Terrell LathanDITCU167203
Dadi Lhomme NicholasEDGEVirginia Tech161203
Aaron WallaceEDGEUCLA166203
Curt MaggittEDGETennessee207206
Ted KarrasGIllinois213206
Connor McGovernGMissouri202206
Jenson StoshakWRFlorida Atlantic214209
Jordan WilliamsWRBall State218209
D.J. FosterWRArizona State216209
T.J. GreenSClemson217212
Tyler RobertsLBTroy215212
Kyle RoseDIWest Virginia168214
Sterling BaileyDIGeorgia170214
Delvon SimmonsDIUSC175214
Brennan ScarlettDIStanford178214
Alex McCalisterEDGEFlorida169214
Dak PrescottQBMississippi State221219
Jesse ChapmanCAppalachian State241220
Jake BrendelCUCLA245220
Roger LewisWRBowling Green224222
Mitch MathewsWRBYU226222
Charone PeakeWRClemson229222
Chris MooreWRCincinnati236222
Trevor DavisWRCal239222
Alex EricksonWRWisconsin227222
Bryson AlbrightEDGEMiami (OH)195228
Travis FeeneyEDGEWashington196228
Mike HiltonSOle Miss233230
Deion JonesLBLSU250230
Prince Charles IworahCBWestern Kentucky225230
Jalen MillsCBLSU247230
Quniton JeffersonDIMaryland210234
D.J. PettwayEDGEAlabama211234
Praise Martin-OguikeEDGETemple208234
Vincent ValentineDINebraska234237
Martavius FosterDIColorado State240237
Nick ArbuckleQBGeorgia State242237
Jimmy BeanEDGEOklahoma State248237
Josh FergusonRBIllinois235237
Wendell SmallwoodRBWest Virginia228237
John TheusOTGeorgia231243
Jerald HawkinsOTLSU232243
Justin MurrayOTCincinnati249243
Ian SeauEDGENevada219246
Matt JudonEDGEGrand Valley State220246
Mike RoseEDGENC State223248
Victor OchiEDGEStony Brook244248
Cory LittletonEDGEWashington246248

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  • Chris

    No way they take a safety in the first round. Williams is going to start opposite George and they’ve never taken a safety in first in the 15 years Marvin has been there. DT, DE, CB, WR are the most likely. Maybe if the board falls a weird way then C or LB but get someone who knows the franchise to do these.

  • Bill Jordan

    @ Chris – until Zeitler they hadn’t taken a guard in the 1st since Marvin had been there (and iirc they never had taken one in the 1st) so your theory holds little weight. In addition Karl Joseph is a very intriguing safety due to his physical nature and instincts, so he might very well be “best available player” at that spot which is a their philosophy, so don’t be so quick to write him off as a pick, you can bet there is a reason they brought him in ( i.e
    they like him).

    @ the original poster- I like these ideas. I complained last year that our only obvious weakness on offense was Bodine. So I would be happy with the Ryan Kelly choice. Though the Bengals aggravate me with the Center position so I wouldn’t be surprised if they give Bodine another year. I liked Shawn Williams before the Bengals selected him and still do but I was always a bit concerned that he might be simply an in the box safety in which case he might have some problems in coverage so again I wouldn’t mind a safety selection in the draft and Joseph is a stud. The later picks are intriguing as well especially Austin Johnson. But the Coleman selection is the puzzler, I am unsure about him and his potential for success. Are his hands up to snuff? I personally like Josh Doctson there. But thanks for the 411.