Bengals draft spot, opponents finalized for 2018

9:41 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018 Journal-News Sports
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 08: Odell Beckham #13 of the New York Giants scores on a fourth quarter touchdown reception against the Los Angeles Chargers during an NFL game at MetLife Stadium on October 8, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Los Angeles Chargers defeated the New York Giants 27-22. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)

Sunday’s 31-27 victory at Baltimore means the Cincinnati Bengals will pick 12th in the 2018 NFL Draft.

The last time the Bengals drafted 12th was 1990 when they selected linebacker James Francis. Looking at recent drafts to get an idea of the type of player that should be available to them, the last five players to go No. 12 overall are: Quarterback Deshaun Watson (Texans, 2017), defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins (Saints, 2016), defensive tackle Danny Shelton (Browns, 2015), wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (Giants, 2014) and cornerback D.J. Hayden (Raiders, 2013).

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Sunday’s results also finalized the Bengals’2018 opponents. Cincinnati went into the day locked into a third-place finish in the AFC North, but its final two opponents next year– the third-place finishers in the AFC East and AFC South – were dependent on other games.

The Colts’ win against the Texans means the Bengals will travel to Indianapolis in addition to Baltimore, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Kansas City, Los Angeles Chargers, Atlanta and Carolina.

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The Jets’ loss to the Patriots means the Bengals will play host to Miami in addition to Baltimore, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Denver, Oakland, New Orleans and Tampa Bay.

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