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Bengals’ first-round draft position locked in

The Bengals will draft at 18th in the upcoming NFL Draft.

NFL: Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports

The Cincinnati Bengals picked up the win this afternoon, but their season has come to an end as they missed the NFL Playoffs for the first time since the 2021 season.

Despite the bad news, some good news has come for offseason prep and avid NFL Draft followers. With the Bengals season coming to an end and their finishing record coming in at 9-8, their draft slot has been locked up at 18th overall.

This selection could go a number of ways for the franchise. Do they decide to go for the best available regardless of position? Do they decide to focus solely on fixing the defense through the first few rounds?

There is plenty of time for these questions to be answered, but one would imagine some potential prospects will come into focus in the next few weeks with all early draft slots getting finalized.

Who do you think the Bengals should target with the 18th pick? Let us know in the comments below!