With the exception of a fourth-round quarterback, the Bengals first draft under coach Zac Taylor was more about upgrading their infrastructure.And there was a distinct emphasis on Taylorfavorite side of the ball.The Bengals got two offensive linemen, a run-blocking tight end, a defensive tackle and a linebacker among their first six picks in the draft, with quarterback Ryan Finley filling out their top selections. Taylor came to the Bengals as the Rams quarterback coach, and they leaned heavily toward improving the run game in his first draft. Cincinnati finished 26th on offense last season and 21st in yards rushing https://www.cincinnatiproshop.com/57-Bengals_Stanley_Morgan_Jr_Jersey. Joe Mixon led the AFC in rushing with 1,168 yards, but the running game was inconsistent overall. The Bengals took a pair of running backs in the sixth round to fill out the group.Thatthe starting point for us, Taylor said. Were going to put a very strong focus on the run game and it all plays off that Hardy Nickerson Jersey. If you cant get your run game going, the rest of the offense struggles.For their most intriguing pick, the Bengals moved up and took Finley early in the fourth round Saturday, then immediately emphasized that Andy Dalton is still the starter.Still, it was a noteworthy move. The Bengals hadnt taken a quarterback so high in the draft since they choose Dalton in the second round in 2011.Finley will be a backup for now, at least. Dalton has two years left on his contract and has fully recovered from a thumb injury that sidelined him the last five games last season.I do want to make something very clear before we start Andy Dalton is our starting quarterback, offensive coordinator Brian Callahan said. That has not changed. That will not change. We think very highly of Andy and what hegoing to do in our offense.We do think competition is good John Jerry Jersey. Itll be good for our position. Itll be good for the backup job for sure.Some highlights of Cincinnatidraft WHO THEY GOT LT Jonah Williams , TE Drew Sample , LB Germaine Pratt , QB Ryan Finley , DT Renell Wren , C Michael Jordan , RB Trayveon Williams , LB Deshaun Davis , RB Rodney Anderson , CB Jordan Brown .SURPRISE MOVE Moving down 10 spots in the second round and taking Sample a tight end known as a tenacious blocker with so many needs on a defense that gave up the most yards and third-most points in the league last season https://www.cincinnatiproshop.com/61-Bengals_Darius_Phillips_Jersey. Taylor said the Bengals highly valued Sampleblocking ability and thought hed be gone if they waited to draft him later. The Bengals already had tight ends Tyler Eifert and C.J. Uzomah.Drew fits what we do, Taylor said. When hethere and you really like him, youve got to go get him.HOW THEY DID The offensive line has been a longstanding problem, and they improved it with the addition of Williams and Jordan, who can play guard. Linebacker was their biggest problem area on a historically bad defense last season, and Cincinnati released Vontaze Burfict in the offseason. The Bengals are depending upon Pratt to play a big role right away.