The Cincinnati Bengals, for now, are a wild card at No. 5.
It’s a split vote in the Queen City as many want the team to help protect Joe Burrow, but many also see a receiver already with a connection with Burrow that could be both on the board at No. 5, and also the most-talented receiver to come to Cincinnati since A.J. Green.
After being knocked out by a brutal blow against the Washington Football Team in Week 11, Burrow missed the final several weeks of the season. He tore his ACL among other structural damage done to hit knee.
Burrow ranked in the top 10 in sacks taken despite only playing 11 games. That’s reason No. 1 why a good amount of those keeping tabs on the Bengals want them to take Oregon’s Penei Sewell.
He’s clearly the best offensive lineman in the draft, but he’s also a tackle. The Bengals need elite guard play, having brought in a tackle this offseason. They still have former first-round pick Jonah Williams as well.
Regardless of his fit, the Bengals pull the trigger on Sewell in the most recent CBS Sports mock draft.
“The Bengals could be tempted to take Ja’Marr Chase, but protecting Joe Burrow is priority No. 1,” Ryan Wilson wrote.
It was a two-round draft, so we were able to see the team also picking up Rashod Bateman, a wide receiver from the University of Minnesota. Bateman and Sewell should be considered a win.
However, it’ll be tough to pass on Ja’Marr Chase.
Chase played at LSU with Burrow, and as a sophomore, he totaled 1,780 yards. Tag on 20 touchdowns on 84 receptions, and it’s easy to see why having that connection in the Queen City must be temping for management.
Getting an impact lineman in Round 2 should also be possible. Ultimately, if Sewell is there, it’s understandable that he’s the pick, but it certainly won’t please everyone.
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