NFL Draft season is upon us.
The Cincinnati Bengals have three games left before their season ends. While it would be nice to see them win some of those games and allow their young players to play more, the focus of many Bengals fans is now turning toward the 2018 NFL Draft.
At ESPN, draft guru Todd McShay just released his first 2018 mock draft. McShay actually has arguably the best offensive line prospect landing with the Bengals at pick No. 10.
It comes in the form of Texas Longhorns offensive tackle Connor Williams:
10. Cincinnati Bengals
Connor Williams, OT, Texas
The Bengals have had a disappointing season, and the offensive line is a big reason for that. Cedric Ogbuehi and Jake Fisher (out for the season with an irregular heartbeat) haven't played up to their draft potential, and Cincinnati is in the bottom third in sacks allowed (33) after giving up 41 last season. Guard Quenton Nelson could help here, but Williams is the best offensive lineman and is a better value proposition at No. 10.
This would be a homerun pick for the Bengals, as Williams is probably the best offensive tackle in this draft, which is easily the biggest position of need for them going into the offseason. Though, Williams missed a large portion of the season while battling a knee injured and already announced he won’t play in Texas’ bowl game. That said, he is currently healthy and did play in Texas’ final few games of the year.
Cedric Ogbuehi has been a disaster, and Jake Fisher hasn’t been much better. Eric Winston is the only other tackle on the roster, so it’s a pretty easy call to take Williams if he’s on the board when the Bengals are picking.
Who would you like to see the Bengals take in the first round?