Bengals Select Alabama S Jordan Battle With Third-Round Pick

Alabama defensive back Jordan Battle (9) celebrates his interception of a Mississippi State pass during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Starkville, Miss., Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

After using the first two rounds to take care of what appeared to be their two biggest priorities in this draft, the Bengals kept attacking defense when they traded back three spots in the third round of Friday night's draft to take Alabama safety Jordan Battle.

The Bengals came in looking to add depth on the defensive line and cornerback and ended up doing it in the first two rounds with Clemson edge Myles Murphy and Michigan cornerback DJ Turner. Then when they traded with the Chiefs at No. 95 to pick up a late sixth-rounder, they bolstered the safety spot with the three-year starter Battle, an all-SEC selection this past season.

The Bengals added Rams safety Nick Scott in free agency last month in the wake of the departures of Jessie Bates III and Von Bell. The 6-1, 215-pound Battle is seen as an instant contributor on defense and special teams with high character and an excellent football IQ.

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