Grade The Pick: Bengals add offense on Day 3

Grade The Pick: Bengals add offense on Day 3

The Cincinnati Bengals focused on defensive depth for the first few days, but on Day 3 they turned around and focused almost exclusively on offense. The Bengals picked full-back Myles Murphy in the first round of the 2023 NFL draft.

They followed that pick with cornerback DJ Turner in the second round and safety Jordan Battle in the third.

On Day 3, value is in the eye of the beholder and the Bengals opted to use their picks to ensure adequate depth in key qualifying positions.

Let’s dive into the picks and see how you would rate the Bengals’ Day 3 pick.

Round 4 (Pick 131) – WR Charlie Jones – Boilermakers from Purdue

Charlie Jones is a 6-foot receiver from Purdue. He also spent time in Iowa and Buffalo. He exploded onstage in just his final season with the Boilermakers, finishing 13 games for 1,361 yards and 12 touchdowns. He ran a 4.43 40-yard dash and a 1.51 10-yard split.’s Lance Zierlein noted that Jones could be successful in a “possession-based passing game,” and hinted that Jones’ strength will be route running, not necessarily dominating the line of scrimmage. Jones should be successful on offense for the Bengals.

Round 5 (Pick 163) – RB Chase Brown – Illinois fights Ilini

Chase Brown was an absolute stallion in Illinois. The 5-foot-11, 200-pound back has the tenacity and strength to perform well at the highest level. In his final season in Illinois, he had 1,643 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns, plus 240 receiving yards and 3 more touchdowns. Brown could turn into a college three-down back and has enough route running to be an option in the pass-catching game. With all the unknowns surrounding Joe Mixon and Samaje Perine’s exodus, the Bengals seemed destined to run back at some point, but will Brown be the answer?

Round 6 (Pick 206) – WR Andrei Iosivas – Princeton Tigers

That the Bengals add two wide receivers late in the draft to what is arguably the best receiving space in the league may come as a surprise to some, but Iosivas is a high-ceilinged player with plenty of room to grow. He could also be an immediate option on special teams. Iosivas scored 9.96 out of 10 on the Relative Athletic Score, which has ranked 14th out of 3,062 receivers over the past 36 years. He’s a freak athlete and should be able to widen the field for Cincinnati if nothing else. The 6-foot-3 streaker finished his career sixth all-time, gaining yards for Princeton with 1,909. He heard his name on draft day, and now the former track and field star has to work to see the field consistently for Cincinnati.

Round 6 (Pick 217) – P Brad Robbins – Michigan Wolverines

The Bengals sacked longtime veteran Kevin Huber in late 2022, ushering in a new era for the team, and former Ohio State standout Drue Chrisman seems unlikely to lead that charge. The Bengals picked up Brad Robbins in the sixth round to be the face of the position, or at least to compete with Chrisman. The 6-foot-1 from Westerville, OH was a three-time All-Big Ten honoree. He averaged 42.3 yards per punt last season. This was a position the Bengals needed to complete and they did just that. But was it at the right time?

Round 7 (Pick 246) – CB DJ Ivey – Miami hurricanes

With their last pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, the Bengals returned to bolster their secondary school — adding cornerback DJ Ivey from Miami. Ivey stands 6-foot-1 and has been in Miami for five seasons, playing double-digit games in the murk. He finished last season with 2 interceptions and 38 total tackles. Ivey ranks well in men’s coverage. He was a four-star recruit coming out of high school. With Turner and Battle joining Ivey, the Bengals will have several new faces in the secondary school.

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