Rd. 1, Pk. 17
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, the Bengals will have to find another pass-rusher next spring.
Many thought the Bengals might draft a defensive tackle early in 2015. Devon Still and Brandon Thompson are nearing the end of their contracts, while Domata Peko's play slipped last season, and Geno Atkins wasn't quite the same coming off his knee injury. Adding some competition and depth should hopefully handle an impending need.
Sources say that Randy Gregory wasn't the only first-round talent on Nebraska's defensive line in 2014. Collins turned in an impressive season with 45 tackles, 17 for a loss, 4.5 sacks and 13 quarterback hurries. It was a breakout year for the sophomore after being a backup as a freshman. The 6-foot-2, 300-pounder was a Second-Team All-Big Ten selection.
Pick change; previously Shilique Calhoun, DE
Rd. 2, Pk. 22
Will Redmond, CB, Mississippi State
The Bengals land some cornerback help. Terrence Newman is in Minnesota, while Leon Hall is turning 31 and Adam Jones turns 32. Here's a third corner to pair with Dre Kirkpatrick and Darqueze Dennard.
Redmond (6-0, 185) was a tough corner for the Bulldogs in 2014. He racked up 51 tackles with five passes broken up and three interceptions. It was his first season as a starter. Redmond is a physical defender who has upside to develop.