The Bengals, like many teams, have issued an initial depth chart. The biggest takeaway comes from the inability of most of the team’s draft picks to take jobs away from veterans.
With one exception, every draft picks occupies a spot on the third string or worse, from first-round cornerback Darqueze Dennard (third string) to second-round running back Jeremy Hill (third string, behind Gio Bernard and BenJarvus Green-Ellis) to third-round defensive end Will Clark (third string) to fifth-round quarterback A.J. McCarron (third string, behind Andy Dalton and Jason Campbell) to sixth-round linebacker Marquis Flowers (third string) to seventh-round receiver James Wright (fourth-string “other” group) to seventh-round cornerback Lavelle Westbrooks (fourth-string “other” group).
Only fourth-round guard Russell Bodine (pictured) lands higher than third string; the North Carolina product appears on the depth chart as the starting center.
Like every depth chart, it can and will change. For most Bengals rookies, it can’t get any worse.