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1. Gareon Conley, DB, Ohio State | Prime Grade: 4.92

Conley reigns supreme for defensive backs given his size, age, and medical. Although Lattimore is projected to be taken higher, Conley is a better overall fit for the Bengals. Conley can play outside, nickel, as well as safety. Conley was also hosted on a pre-draft visit.

2. Malik Hooker, DB, Ohio State | Prime Grade: 4.67

Malik Hooker is another intriguing prospect at a position the Bengals could look to upgrade. I’ve written about why the Bengals should take Hooker if he’s there. Hooker is actually spot on with Conley in terms of size and versatility. The Bengals may favor Hooker due to the fact that Hooker primarily plays free safety.

3. Jamal Adams, S, LSU| Prime Grade: 4.61

Jamal Adams is another option for the Bengals at nine, but he isn’t expected to be there. Although most peg him as a box safety, Adams has displayed the ability to play in man coverage. The only thing hurting Adams is he doesn’t have the height match the Bengals typically use at strong safety but does have the size to play free safety. The Bengals love to interchange their safeties within their defensive scheme so it may factor into their decision.

4. Marshon Lattimore, DB, Ohio State | Prime Grade: 4.30

Widely regarded as the top draft class corner, Lattimore is a man corner that could be used on the outside or in the nickel. His size would be a match for a left corner primarily for the Bengals. He has potential to also play free safety, but isn’t a great fit there and has some questions pertaining to his durability.

5. Jabrill Peppers, S, Michigan| Prime Grade: 4.28

At 213 pounds, the Bengals would view Peppers strictly as a safety within their defense. He displayed the ability to play man and zone while at Michigan. If he were to fall to the second round, he could potentially be a match for the Bengals. Garrett Staples brought Peppers up as an option on our draft roundtable podcast.

Conclusion

Based on history, there is only a 0% chance that the Bengals pick a safety in the first round. The chances jump up to 6% in the second round and decreased to 5% in the third round. The fifth and sixth rounds seem to be where the Bengals like to take safeties. One glimmer of hope is that Paul Guenther doesn’t expect the Bengals to pass on the next Ed Reed or Troy Polamalu.

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