Ever stop to consider how a poor draft can cripple a franchise?
The Bengals made the playoffs for five consecutive seasons from 2011-2015 and compiled a regular season record of 52-27-1 (.656).
If you are not going to be a big player in free agency an organization has to hit on the draft. Check out the swing and misses of 2015.
Round 1, pick No. 21: Cedric Ogbuehi, OL, Texas A&M
Round 2, pick No. 53: Jake Fisher, OL, Oregon
Round 3, pick No. 85: Tyler Kroft, TE, Rutgers
Round 3, pick No. 99: Paul Dawson, LB, TCU
Round 4, pick No. 120: Josh Shaw, DB, USC
Round 4, pick No. 135: Marcus Hardison, DL, Arizona State
Round 5, pick No. 157, C.J. Uzomah, TE, Auburn
Round 6, pick No. 197, Derron Smith, DB, Fresno State
Round 7, pick No. 238, Mario Alford, WR, West Virginia
Add in the free agent decision on Andrew Whitworth and is it any wonder the Bengals are in the position they are in?