With multiple quarterbacks expected to be selected within the first four picks, there’s a very good chance one of Florida Tight end Kyle Pitts, Oregon tackle Penei Sewell and/or LSU receiver Ja’Marr Chase is on the board.
As you can imagine, Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow would love to reunite with Chase, who played a large role in Burrow’s Heisman-winning season in 2019. The thought of them getting to team up again in the pros is one that should excite any Bengals fan.
And it would appear Chase, is in fact, who Burrow is pushing for the Bengals to draft.
Recently, our own Zim WhoDey and Dadio Makdook discussed what the Bengals could do with the fifth pick, and Zim dropped this nugget.
In addition, Sports Illustrated reporter Albert Breer projected Chasse to Cincinnati in his latest mock and added this nugget.
I could easily see Penei Sewell or Rashawn Slater going here, but word on the street is that Joe Burrow is stumping for Cincy to bring his old Tiger teammate to Ohio. And the Riley Reiff signing gives the Bengals the flexibility to add a playmaker who’s an ideal stylistic fit for their quarterback.
In this mock, both Sewell and Pitts were still on the board, but there’s a very good argument that Chase would be the best pick. Not only does he have All-Pro potential at one of the most important positions in today’s NFL, he also already has a lot of chemistry with Burrow.
That should help a great deal in ensuring Chase is the best instant-impact guy the Bengals could take with the pick, whereas Sewell may sit for a year behind Riley Reiff. Pitts, meanwhile, would have to develop chemistry in an offseason where Burrow may be very limited due to his recovery from ACL surgery.
Then there’s the Bengals’ pursuit of Kenny Golladay, easily the best receiver to hit free agency this year, which definitely showed that this team would love to add another big-time receiver to the fold.
While Burrow may be privately pushing for Chase, he’s also made it clear publicly that he’d love a reunion with the game-breaker.
“I’d love to play with Ja’Marr. We’re still in contact all the time. He’s a great dude and a great player. I’d love to have him on the team,” Burrow said in a January interview with Fanatics.
Of course, you can’t go wrong with a potential franchise tackle like Sewell or an elite tight end like Pitts. But as far as instant and long-term success go, Chase may very well be the best pick to make at No. 5.
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