Three quarterbacks will almost certainly come off the board to start this year’s draft, marking the first time in 22 years that it will take place. The Falcons are undecided on whether they should acquire Matt ryanThe heir apparent at No. 4. This puts the Bengals in position to land perhaps the best non-quarterback in the draft.
By picking fifth without the need for a quarterback, the Bengals will have a pool of high-level offensive prospects to choose from. Considering the problems they have had on their offensive line in recent years, they have been linked to the Oregon tackle. Penei Sewell. Zac taylor, director of player personnel Duke Tobin and offensive line coach Frank pollack were in Eugene, Oregon, for Sewell’s career day, Tyler Dragon of the Cincinnati Enquirer tweets. Pollack told attendees that Sewell impressed him, Tony Pauline of ProFootballNetwork.com tweets.
Sewell would make sense as a player who could be a long-term starter against left tackle. Jonah WilliamsBut Tobin said the Bengals can acquire a starting-caliber lineman on the second night of the draft. Cincinnati has initial ratings on linemen O projected to go in the second and third rounds, Tobin said during a podcast with Bengals announcer Dan Hoard (Twitter link). Tobin added that the addition of the veteran tackle Riley reiff gives the team a better O-line perspective than it did in 2020 (Twitter Link via ESPN.com’s Ben Baby).
There are needs on the inside of the Cincinnati O line, and Tobin said more additions will be made. But the veteran executive is understandably not giving the impression that the team should add an impact blocker early.
The Bengals don’t want to trade too far from No. 5 either; they may not be interested in going down at all. A selection of best available player can be tailored to the Bengals, who have included Joe Burrow in his pre-draft process, Tobin more or less confirmed (via Baby, On twitter). Burrow has been perplexed by Ja’Marr Chase meeting, according to Albert Breer of SI.com. The Eagles may well hope this is the direction the Bengals are going, and Breer noted that Philadelphia believes there is a good chance that Cincy will select Chase at No. 5. Possessing a greater catcher need than the Bengals, the Eagles dropped from No. 6 to No. 12 late last month.
The Bengals didn’t re-sign any of the top 10 catcher picks on last year’s roster. Green AJ and John ross – but they’ve invested a first- or second-round pick on a wide receiver in three of the last five drafts. Chase opted out of his junior season but exploded for 84 receptions, 1,780 yards and 20 touchdown receptions during Burrow’s 2019 Heisman winner. He and Burrow played together at LSU for two seasons.
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