Thursday, May 16, 2024

Cincinnati Bengals 2024 NFL power rankings post-draft roundup

Throughout the 2024 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Below you will find a post-NFL draft roundup for the Cincinnati Bengals in our consensus 2024 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 9

Most improved: Safety

This one is a no-brainer. The Bengals really struggled at the back of the defense and admitted their safety combo was not working. They added Geno Stone and brought Vonn Bell back, giving them two potential upgrades at those spots. Stone's range and instincts helped him come up with seven interceptions last season for the Ravens. Bell, who was with Cincinnati from 2020 to 2022, will help the back-end communication. Keep an eye on second-year player Jordan Battle's development throughout the offseason, too. -- Ben Baby -- Rank: 9

Cincinnati took a fairly risky approach to the draft, but it was risk mixed with purpose. There was a need to get bigger and better on both lines of scrimmage, and the Bengals achieved that by drafting three large human beings in their first four picks. They needed a receiver and drafted a talented one in Jermaine Burton. They beefed up at tight end, another need. And so on and so forth. But there was risk in each one of those selections. The first two large humans, Amarius Mims and Kris Jenkins, both are upside picks requiring projection, with Nick Saban straight up questioning Mims' football desire on national TV. Meanwhile, Burton was viewed as a character risk during the pre-draft process. Will Cincy's overall approach pay off? The Bengals have been restored to contender status with Joe Burrow healthy, but it will be interesting to look back in a few years to see whether their handling of this draft was brilliant or foolhardy.

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CBS Sports -- Rank: 7

As long as Joe Burrow is back healthy, they will push to win the AFC North. He just has to stay on the field.

USA Today -- Rank: 9

QB Joe Burrow's return to health may now need to trump the unhappiness of fellow stars Trey Hendrickson and Tee Higgins, who could both be part of a significant roster turnover in 2025.

The Athletic -- Rank: 9

Let's take a moment to visualize Cincinnati's dream offensive line of the future. The Bengals used their first-round pick on 6-8, 340-pound Amarius Mims even though Mims made only eight college starts. Cincinnati already has 6-8, 345-pound Orlando Brown Jr. entrenched at left tackle and 6-8, 355-pound Trent Brown penciled in on the right side on a one-year contract. It's possible Mims won't start this season, but if he does, it will be fun to watch.

Fox Sports -- Rank: 8

The Bengals will be better in 2024 for no other reason than having a healthy Joe Burrow. If their $55 million quarterback is fully recovered from his wrist injury, Cincinnati is a contender. But in addition, I love the way they addressed the offensive line, added talent to the receiver corps and improved at safety. Don't forget about the Bengals.

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