Rd. 1, Pk. 29
Shilique Calhoun, DE/3-4OLB, Michigan State
The Bengals signed Michael Johnson after the Buccaneers released him this offseason. However, there's no guarantee he'll play well for Cincinnati, given that he stopped trying when he was in Tampa last year. If Johnson continues to take his career for granted - and he didn't have the best opening three games - the Bengals will have to find another pass-rusher next spring.
Rd. 2, Pk. 29
Andrew Billings, DT/3-4DE/NT, Baylor
The Bengals spent their first two selections on offensive tackles when tackles of the defensive variety would've made more sense. Here's someone Cincinnati could consider in the 2016 NFL Draft.
Rd. 1, Pk. 26
Adolphus Washington, DT/3-4DE, Ohio State
The Bengals could have taken a defensive tackle early in the 2015 NFL Draft, but didn't. Devon Still was let go, Domata Peko's play has declined, Brandon Thompson is in a walk year, and Geno Atkins wasn't quite the same last season. Adding more talent on the inside seems necessary for Cincinnati.
In 2015, Washington has 18 tackles, 1.5 for a loss and one sack. The 6-foot-4, 295-pounder made a nice impact in 2014 as part of an excellent defensive line. He teamed with Michael Bennett and Joey Bosa to produce a consistent pass rush and a ton of plays behind the line of scrimmage. Washington had 48 tackles with 10.5 for a loss, 4.5 sacks, three passes batted and one forced fumble on the year. He totaled five sacks over his sophomore and freshman seasons.
Rd. 2, Pk. 26
Jonathan Allen, DE/3-4OLB, Alabama
Unless Margus Hunt breaks out, the Bengals could use a potential replacement for the underachieving Michael Johnson.
Allen has had a strong start to the 2015 season with three sacks, seven tackles and two passes batted. He totaled 33 tackles with 11.5 for a loss and 5.5 sacks the year before. In a 4-3 scheme, the 6-foot-3, 288-pounder could play end on running downs and move inside in passing situations. He also could serve as a five-technique in a 3-4 defense.
Okay. This is kind of a weird, but very intriguing pick. The Bengals are in a position to take whomever they want at this stage, so they grab someone surprisingly mobile for a 6’8” defensive end. He can rotate with Cincinnati’s 2 main edge rushers and come off the edge with power, while potentially spelling the starting defensive tackles to keep them fresh. He has a lot of upside and the Bengals can afford to make this pick, but Oakman is still a risky selection, since NFL level tackles could find ways to handle him with ease compared to some other prospects.