2023 NFL Mock Draft

Selection Comment - Pick #26

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Tony Grimes

North Carolina


The bad news is that the Bengals won't sneak up on anyone this year, the good news is that a couple of their divisional rivals have some glaring issues that can work in the Bengals' favor. For the Steelers it's the QB, and the OL rooms. For the Browns, it's the whole DeShaun Watson/Baker Mayfield fiasco casting a negative pall over the organization. Of course no opponents in the NFL should be slept on, but the Bengals should contend with Baltimore for the divisional crown.

GM Mike Brown has taken full advantage of QB Joe Burrow's cheap rookie-year deal to load up on free agents to plug the glaring holes from the 2021 season. The team has a narrow window to take full advantage of the youth of Burrow and Ja'Marr Chase to return to the Super Bowl. What is needed in the draft are players who can step in and start immediately, replacing high priced vets and free agents in the process. The secondary is a great target for the 2023 Draft with safeties Vonn Bell and Jessie Bates becoming free agents, in addition to corners Eli Apple and Trey Flowers. Of course the team added Dax Hill (and Tycen Anderson) in the 2022 Draft; their development as rookies will be under a microscope.

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