Ranking the Bengals’ top 5 options with No. 31 pick in 2022 NFL Draft

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It certainly is nice not needing to stress over who to pick in the top ten of the NFL draft, isn’t it?After a surprise run to the Super Bowl, the Cincinnati Bengals now are set to pick 31st in the 2022 NFL Draft. While we would have all preferred to pick 32, picking 31 sure is sweet.

However, that doesn’t mean there weren’t significant holes to fill. After all, this was a team most predicted to finish last in the AFC North and to once again be picking very early on day one of the draft.

Well, one hot stretch run later, and the haters are left to wonder what happened. Did the team overachieve, or was 2021 simply a product of a maturing team, a growing coaching staff, and relatively good health?

We aren’t here today to answer those questions, rather identify what work needs to be done to shore up the relatively few needs this team would appear to have.

Thankfully the Brown family was proactive in identifying the Bengals’ glaring weakness and addressed it in spades by signing three new starters for a porous offensive line.

Still, some work needs to be done. What? Where? With the team in the luxury position of being able to draft the best player available rather than needing a day one starter, we will look at the top five options with pick 31 in the upcoming NFL Draft.