AFC North Division round-up: Baltimore Ravens up/down September
The Cincinnati Bengals have slumped their way to an 0-4 start and have looked dead in the water. The AFC North is the least of their concerns right now; rather, the Bengals should focus their efforts on the 2020 NFL Draft.
Truth be told, selling off some of their top-tier players would be in their best interest. A.J. Green, Geno Atkins, Carlos Dunlap would have high-value on the market, while others like Giovanni Bernard and William Jackson could be sold for a decent return.
Right now, the worst teams in the league are selling off, or at least considering, their assets for picks. The Miami Dolphins are the founders of this philosophy, but the Washington Redskins could join this trend soon. If the Cincinnati Bengals are ready to embrace a rebuild, the could get some very solid capital in return.
For the above mentioned players, Cincinnati could get a large handful of day two picks, giving them ammo to move up throughout the draft and secure their guys. For a Bengals team devoid of top-tier talent, they are in major need of a talent influx.
As it stands, Cincinnati actually holds the third overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, which is great positioning for Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. The Bengals must seriously consider drafting a quarterback should they be selecting in the top-five of the upcoming draft, especially if Tagovailoa is available.
The verdict right now is the Cincinnati Bengals are effectively out of the AFC North race. It’s time to look towards 2020.