Over a month ago, ESPN released their offseason power rankings for NFL squads and many Bengals fans were surprised that the team was ranked at No.19 on the list. Coming off of a playoff appearance with young players getting another year and full offseason with their coaches and teammates made one think that they'll be a better squad in 2012 than they were last season. Throw in a couple of quality free agents and the roster seem improved. It appeared that a slow start to free agency without any "splashy" names and a more difficult schedule led the list-makers to show a Bengals tumble.
ESPN re-released a new power rankings list, showing where teams rose or fell based on more free agency moves and last weekend's draft. It offers a pleasant surprise for the Bengals.
They jumped up three spots on the list from No.19 to No.16. A simple synopsis given by an ESPN blogger is as follows:
A good draft should keep the young Bengals competitive. (Walker)
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