7 players Bengals could have drafted instead of Drew Sample

Drew Sample, Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)
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Maxx Crosby pass-rushing threat Bengals fans dream of

It’s wild to think that Raiders pass-rushing threat Maxx Crosby was available at the beginning of the fourth round. The Eastern Michigan product has been a freak of nature since joining the Raiders in 2019.

As a rookie, Crosby had 10 sacks on the year. Since then, he’s tacked on 12 more sacks over the past two years and has 129 tackles as of this writing. He also has 52 QB hits and 38 tackles for loss during this time as well.

Considering how bad the Bengals pass-rush was until this season, Crosby would have been an instant contributor and fan favorite in the Queen City. Last year, Carl Lawson was the leader in sacks with just 5.5 on the year. Crosby had seven sacks in 2020 and might have been able to have more with the Bengals.

Crosby was sitting on the board when the Bengals elected to pick Drew Sample and it’s a decision that should haunt them for a long time.

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