Bengals: Grading every AFC North team’s 2022 draft

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The 2022 NFL Draft is finally in the rearview, and with nothing to do now besides watch and wait until the Cincinnati Bengals begin training camp, perhaps a look back at the AFC North draft is in order.

Most of the teams, including  Super Bowl runner-up Cincinnati had holes to fill, either in free agency, through the draft, or both.

2021 was an uncharacteristically down year for Pittsburgh and Baltimore, as their rosters began to show signs of either age, lack of depth, or both.

Cleveland of course did what Cleveland does best last season, and foundered while flirting with mediocrity and dealing with a circus atmosphere in the locker room.

The Bengals milked the most out of what experts believed to be one of the worst rosters in the AFC, culminating in a Super Bowl appearance.

However, that doesn’t mean Cincy didn’t have holes to fill via the draft. There were definitely deficiencies on both sides of the ball.

While grades are subjective and often meaningless, especially before players put on helmets and pads for the first time, they can be fun, and we are going to do it anyway.

Here are my grades for every AFC North team following the 2022 NFL Draft.