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Potential Cincinnati Bengals Target Could be Picked Earlier Than Expected in 2024 NFL Draft

The Bengals have the No. 18 pick in the 2024 NFL Draft

CINCINNATI — The Bengals could address their defensive line in the first round of the 2024 NFL Draft. If they do, Texas defensive tackle Byron Murphy could be first on their list.

Murphy is considered the top defensive tackle in this class. He might not last until the Bengals' selection. In fact, there's a chance he's the first defensive player taken according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

"It feels as if most mock drafts are predicting edge rusher Dallas Turner (Alabama) will be the first defensive player drafted Thursday night. And maybe he will be. But there are some front office executives who believe defensive tackle Byron Murphy II (Texas) has a realistic chance of seizing that honor," Schefter wrote. "It's possible a defender might not be picked until Atlanta at No. 8 or Chicago at No. 9. Murphy could be a consideration for both teams. Murphy, who had five sacks last season, is talented, plays a coveted position and has gotten clean character reports. He might interest new Falcons coach Raheem Morris, who had Aaron Donald dominate at that position when he was the coordinator in Los Angeles."

It's worth noting the Bengals also hosted Illinois defensive tackle Johnny Newton for a top 30 visit. Newton is expected to be available at No. 18. Meanwhile, Murphy is picking up steam and could be off the board within the first 10 picks of this year's draft.

Check out Schefter's entire article here.

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