This may sound weird with the Bengals keeping Adam Jones and George Iloka during the off-season. However, they have Dre Kirkpatrick set to hit free agency after this season, as well as, Shawn Williams, who is expected to replace Reggie Nelson this season, Taylor Mays, who is on a one year deal and suspended for violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy.
The best case scenario is the Bengals picking up a swing guy or shifting Adam Jones to safety and picking up a corner. In this year’s draft, the Bengals might have an option at Eli Apple or Mackenzie Alexander, maybe even William Jackson III, depending on where he falls.
If they wait until the second round, the talent does drop off with Artie Burns, Kendall Fuller, and Sean Davis all being the options. None of which fully impress me for a corner and T.J. Green not being at the top of my draft board after Jalen Ramsey in the safety position.
The Bengals may not go this direction, however if they do decide to pass on a corner or safety in the first round, this may become a day three pick up, unless Artie Burns or Jalen Mills is available late in the third round. It might be worth a risk to take one of these guys and little loss if they don’t pan out.
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