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Bengals: 3 free agents that could alter 2021 NFL Draft plans

Coming off yet another disappointing season, the Cincinnati Bengals face a crucial off-season ahead. Entering Zac Taylor’s third season as head coach, the Bengals need to show true improvement in order for Taylor to keep his job. His first two years have not been pretty, although there have been a few bright spots.

Despite having a record of 6-25-1 over the last two years, the franchise found their franchise quarterback in last years draft in Joe Burrow. Burrow, who suffered a torn ACL against the Washington Football Team in late November, had a lot of positive moments that showed why exactly he was the top draft pick in 2020. Rookie counterpart Tee Higgins had a very nice debut season as well, racking up 67 catches for 908 yards and six touchdowns. William Jackson showed that he deserves a nice paycheck this off-season, defending 15 passes along with an interception.

The Bengals closed out the season winning two of their last three, including a Thursday night upset win against division rival Pittsburgh Steelers. With the momentum to end the season, armed with a good amount of cap space, and a franchise quarterback already locked in for the next few years, the Bengals are in good shape. If the Bengals decide to use some of that cap space, there are a few players that could change their approach to the draft should they choose to sign in Cincinnati. First, we need to figure out what positions the Bengals need to address.

Watching Joe Burrow getting hit again and again and again… was painful to watch. The offensive line should be priority #1. Burrow, who should be back for the season opener in 2021, can be a special quarterback when given time. You can make a case that every single position across the offensive line could be upgraded, although Jonah Williams looked solid enough in his 10 games to be considered a starting favorite next season. Read from source….