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NFL Outlook: Cam Taylor-Britt in Cincinnati

May 12, 2022

Three former Huskers heard their names called during the 2022 NFL Draft, a big step toward making their professional dreams come true. For Cam Jurgens, Cam Taylor-Britt and Samori Touré, however, the work has only begun.

We’re taking a look at each of the three draft picks and their landing spots to get a feel for what the short-term and long-term future might hold for the former Huskers. We started with Jurgens on Tuesday, and up next is the Huskers’ other second-round pick: Taylor-Britt.

Taylor-Britt is arguably the best example of development from the Scott Frost era thus far. He was a 3-star athlete ranked 743rd nationally according to the 247Sports Composite after playing quarterback at Park Crossing High School in Montgomery, Alabama. The Huskers and Travis Fisher saw his potential as a defensive back, however. He earned his way onto the field as a true freshman and become a four-year contributor and multi-year starter.

The Cincinnati Bengals saw enough in him to trade up three spots in the second round to take him with the 60th overall pick, just nine spots after the other Husker Cam. He’ll play for former Husker quarterback Zac Taylor, who made the call himself to welcome Taylor-Britt to the Bengals.

Cincinnati went 10-7 during the regular season to win the AFC North division title before advancing all the way to the Super Bowl where they fell to the Los Angeles Rams. With exciting young quarterback Joe Burrow and a dynamic group of wide receivers around him, the Bengals figure to have one of the better passing attack sin the league again next season.

Cincinnati went heavy on defense in the 2022 draft, selecting Michigan safety Daxton Hill in the first round then doubling up on speedy Big Ten defensive backs with Taylor-Britt in the second. They used six of their seven players on defensive players.

Taylor isn’t the only former Husker in the Cincinnati organization. The Bengals re-signed Stanley Morgan Jr. to a two-year deal this offseason. He’s established himself as a key special teams contributor after signing with the Bengals as an undrafted free agent in 2019. Former Nebraska offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach Troy Walters is also Cincinnati’s current receivers coach. 

Taylor-Britt showed off his speed at the combine, running a 4.38-second 40-yard dash. He also impressed the Bengals with his personality and enthusiasm in practice, and his toughness as well following an unfortunate incident at the Senior Bowl.

Hill and Taylor-Britt both have positional flexibility, giving them a greater chance of seeing the field during their rookie year. The Bengals like Taylor-Britt as an outside corner, but he’s played safety and nickel as well at Nebraska.

Chidobe Awuzie has entrenched himself as the No. 1 corner for the Bengals, but the other spot is less solidified. Former first-round pick Eli Apple stepped in during the team’s Super Bowl last season after struggling in his previous stops, and Taylor-Britt figures to get a chance to compete against Apple for that spot in year one.

Even if Taylor-Britt doesn’t win a starting job out of camp, you can expect to see him on special teams for the Bengals. That’s where he got his start at Nebraska and his athleticism makes him a perfect fit to be an impact player in that phase of the game.

In addition, Taylor-Britt will have the opportunity to compete against the likes of Ja’Marr Chase, Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd (plus his good friend in Morgan) every day in practice, something that he’s looking forward to and that could help speed along his development.

Taylor-Britt found a great landing spot. The Bengals are ramping up for another deep playoff run and are hoping their defensive additions (including Taylor-Britt) will help them get back to the Super Bowl. He has some familiar faces around him to make the adjustment to his new home easier. The Bengals look to be a great situation for development for a defensive back, and a path to early playing time seems to be there if he can earn it.

If any Husker fans are looking for an NFL team to root for, the Bengals seem like a great choice. As an added bonus, it would provide a second chance to see Burrow playing quarterback for your team (too soon?).

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