The Bengals have had some aging players in the secondary between guys like Leon Hall and Adam Jones, who are all eligible for free agency this offseason. The Bengals will certainly make a play to bring back at least one of these players but will still leave a need for both in depth and a near future starting role player. The question at hand with bringing in a corner, is it smart to make a first round move for someone to help?
The answer is easy, it is yes. Darqueze Dennard ended the season on injured reserve, the depth at the end of the season exposed the Bengals need for help in the secondary. If you lose either Adam Jones or Leon Hall, you need to bring in a depth piece to replace them. Even if you bring them back, their time is still limited before they start to lose a step. The Bengals must be prepared for anything, something the Pittsburgh and Denver games late in the season taught them.
This draft class has some very talented guys at corner like Jalen Ramsey, Mackensie Alexander, Vernon Hargreaves III, and even Eli Apple, who are all projected as first round picks. In Stripe Hype’s Pre-Super Bowl Mock Draft by Connor Howe, he has the Bengals looking closely at Eli Apple to come in and make a difference early.
The Bengals were dominate against the passing game, especially in the red zone, and making corner a priority would just reinforce their commitment to keep heading in the right direction on defense. A early difference maker here could help the Bengals going forward over the next four years, at least.
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