It's no secret the Bengals have one of the best rosters in the AFC.
Even in the stacked AFC North, Cincinnati has as impressive of a roster as you'll find. They have to, playing in the same division as Baltimore and Pittsburgh, who've combined for three Super Bowl wins and six conference championship appearances in the past 10 years.
The Bengals may be poised to make a playoff run of their own with the team they'll field this year. NFL.com's Dave Dameshek released his All-AFC North team last week, and four Bengals made his list:
Guard: Kevin Zeitler, Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals' regular presence in the playoff mix the last few seasons is owed to the ripening of several offensive linemen they've drafted over the last decade. The Wisconsin product is perhaps the best of that group.
Tackle: Andrew Whitworth, Cincinnati Bengals
While his post-draft tweets indicate this is his final year in Cincy (where first- and second-round picks were spent on tackles), this mountainous human's play is still at a peak.
Wide receiver: A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
As it is, he's perennially among the top producers at his position. Imagine what he'd do if he played with a QB who could deliver him the ball downfield.
Defensive tackle: Geno Atkins, Cincinnati Bengals
Even among his super-sized weight-lifting peers, Atkins has unusual strength ... and is plenty athletic, too. Now two seasons removed from ACL surgery, look for him to get back to his dominant 2012 form.
You could argue for additional Bengals to be on the list. George Iloka was snubbed in favor of the Browns' Donte Whitner and Ravens' Will Hill, even though Iloka played just as well, if not better than each of them in 2014.
Other than that, the list seems pretty fair. You could probably make an argument for Browns guard Joel Bitonio making the list over the Bengals' Kevin Zeitler, but we don't endorse anything Cleveland-related over here.