The AFC North will be one of the toughest divisions in the NFL next year. Cincinnati Bengals fans are acutely aware of the talent each of their biggest rivals’ rosters contains.
In Cleveland, the Browns have invested heavily in Deshaun Watson at quarterback. Legal troubles aside, they believe he is the missing piece for the organization. Behind the scenes, management has landed on several draft picks who have developed into crucial pieces. They hope for a playoff return if Watson avoids a lengthy suspension.
The Pittsburgh Steelers’ identity is forged primarily through their defense. Numerous high-profile stars are tied to big deals meaning this offense doesn’t have to put up huge numbers while they develop. The acid test will be if Mitch Trubisky or Kenny Pickett can do enough at the quarterback position to give the Bengals a headache.
Finally, the Ravens are one of the best-run franchises in the business. They remain, perennial contenders as they reload their roster for Championship runs. With a dynamic threat at QB and a decisive running game, the Ravens can beat anybody in the league when healthy. They continued to strengthen, picking up draft selections generally considered ‘great value’ as they fell down the board.
With this in mind, there are plenty of players the Bengals would love to snap up from their divisional rivals. We look at a player from each team and each side of the ball. Not necessarily the best player, but one who would elevate the current Bengals’ roster.
All stats from Pro Football Reference unless stated.