3 Cincinnati Bengals with much to lose in the 2022 NFL Draft

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The Cincinnati Bengals had one of the best offseasons in the league and now they have to make their draft picks count. While the team has a strong roster, there are three players, in particular, who are going to be in a rough spot if the team goes in a certain direction.

Let’s check out who those players are and why they could be in a difficult position if the team drafts someone at the same position they play.

3. Eli Apple

The Bengals re-signed Eli Apple for a cheap price and while some fans had mixed opinions on it, Apple coming back is a good move. Yes, Apple has a big mouth and talks more trash than he should but he was a solid piece in the secondary last year.

Without Apple, this team doesn’t get to the Super Bowl, and I’ll stand by that sentiment. People will point to the play where he gave up the game-winning touchdown in the Super Bowl, but let’s be real here — Who DOESN’T give up huge touchdowns to Cooper Kupp? He’s the best in the league at his position and he proved it against Apple on the biggest stage.

Apple coming back was a solid move for Cincy, but he definitely has a lot to lose in this draft if the team puts a strong emphasis on targeting the cornerback position early on. Kaiir Elam is a name to watch if the Bengals want a corner in the first round and he’d put Apple’s starting job in jeopardy.