NFL Draft Day 3: Bengals finally add to offense in fourth round

Credit: Michael Conroy

Credit: Michael Conroy

The Cincinnati Bengals opened their third day of the NFL Draft with a pick on the offensive side of the ball.

Cincinnati selected North Dakota State offensive tackle Cordell Volson with the 136th overall pick in the fourth round Saturday, adding some depth to the offensive line after addressing that unit with three free agent signings this offseason.

A three-year starter for the Bisons, Volson started all 41 games the last three seasons, lining up primarily at the right tackle position but also seeing some time inside. He was a three-time All-American.

The Bengals drafted defensive players with their first three picks of the draft.

Bengals add another safety

The Bengals moved up in the fifth round of the NFL Draft on Saturday and went back to the defensive side of the ball.

After swapping picks with the Chicago Bears and giving up an early seventh-round pick, the Bengals selected Toledo safety Tycen Anderson at No. 166 overall. Only their fourth-round pick addressed a need on offense.

A three-year starter at Toledo, Anderson played free safety and nickel, and he also projects as a four-coverage special teamer in the NFL. A high school cornerback, he moved to safety for the Rockets and played a hybrid role in the box and against the slot, receiving All-MAC honors his final two seasons. He clocked a 4.36-second 40-time at the Combine, joining first-round pick Dax Hill and second-round pick Cam Taylor-Britt as speedy additions to the Bengals secondary.

The Bengals also traded up in the second round to take Taylor-Britt, giving up a sixth-round pick, so they have one selection remaining, at No. 252 overall in the seventh round.

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