NFL Draft: Bengals adding to defense on Day 3

American Team defensive lineman Cameron Sample of Tulane (5) sacks National Team quarterback Ian Book of Notre Dame (12) with the help of American Team Janarius Robinson of Florida State (96) during the NCAA Senior Bowl college football game in Mobile, Ala., Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)
American Team defensive lineman Cameron Sample of Tulane (5) sacks National Team quarterback Ian Book of Notre Dame (12) with the help of American Team Janarius Robinson of Florida State (96) during the NCAA Senior Bowl college football game in Mobile, Ala., Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)

Credit: Matthew Hinton

Credit: Matthew Hinton

The Cincinnati Bengals keep adding pieces to the defense.

Cincinnati selected Tulane defensive end Cameron Sample at No. 111 overall and added LSU defensive tackle Tyler Shelvin at No. 122 – both in the fourth round -- to open what could be for the team a busy Day 3 of the NFL Draft on Saturday.

The Bengals have now added three straight defensive linemen, after picking Texas defensive end Joseph Ossai in the third round Friday.

Sample, a three-year regular starter, garnered first-team All-American Athletic Conference accolades in 2020, recording 52 tackles, 8.5 for loss with five sacks and three pass breakups in 11 starts. He solidified his draft profile when he was named Defensive MVP of the Senior Bowl. Sample also started all 13 games for the Green Wave in 2019, finishing with 44 tackles, 5.5 for loss with 1.5 sacks and four pass breakups.

Shelvin opted out of the 2020 season but the former five-star recruit showed his full potential during the Tigers’ national title run in 2019 when he started 14 of 15 games and recorded 39 tackles, three for losses and two pass breakups. He struggled to find the field in his first two seasons, taking an academic redshirt in 2017 and then playing in just six games in 2018 because of a suspension reportedly for failing to keep his weight down.

At 6-foot-2, 346 pounds, Shelvin has what scouts call ‘an immovable frame,’ and he’s known as a great run stopper who can take on double teams.

The Bengals moved down eight spots in the second round Friday to add two picks in the fourth round, including the No. 122 pick used for Shelvin, and they will be on the clock again at 139 positions.

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