Bengals: 9 players to protect in a hypothetical expansion draft

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Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals
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Cincinnati Bengals to Protect – No. 1: Joe Burrow

Obviously the Bengals are going to protect Joe Burrow in an expansion draft because he is the future of this franchise. In the case of an NFL expansion draft, most of the teams are probably going to protect their starting quarterback or maybe it’d be a rule that the quarterback isn’t available to swipe because of how important the position is.

Burrow had a promising rookie season for the Bengals but unfortunately, the season was cut short due to an injury that sidelined him for the final six games of 2020. Burrow is back and ready to roll in 2021, however, and Bengals fans can’t wait to see what he’ll bring to the table this year.

An NFL team entering the league would surely look at Burrow and lick their chops if they had any shot at landing him, but that would not happen. The Bengals would definitely make sure Burrow was protected and that a team wasn’t able to steal him away from Cincinnati.

Everyone knew Burrow would be No. 1 on this list because of the importance of the position and what Burrow has to offer this franchise.

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Was there anyone else who should have been included should the Bengals have to protect players in an expansion draft?