Many in Cincinnati loved the pick, but analysts from all around felt they should’ve opted to strengthen their offensive line with Oregon Ducks tackle Penei Sewell. Sewell could be a special talent, but Chase also has a skill set that’s not often seen at the receiver level, especially one that is just 21 years old.
The Bengals will get their second-round pick to mend their flaws, and with it, most mock drafts are having them take a tackle. Notre Dame’ Liam Eichenberg and Oklahoma State’s Teven Jenkins are the two on the board still that seem to be most popularly associated with Cincinnati.
The Bengals marginally improved their line with the addition of Riley Reiff. Former first-round pick Jonah Williams will be the other starting tackle, making the Bengals' major need at guard.
That said, let’s dive into who second-round mock drafts foresee the Bengals taking with the 38th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Sports Illustrated — Liam Eichenberg, OT, Notre Dame
“He might be a guard, or he might challenge stopgap veteran Riley Reiff at tackle. But either way, Eichenberg’s big-school pedigree will appeal to the Bengals’ brass, and Notre Dame linemen have an excellent track record overall.”
Touchdown Wire — Teven Jenkins, OL, Oklahoma State
“Many people, myself included, were surprised when the Cincinnati Bengals passed on Penei Sewell at the top of the first round to reunite quarterback Joe Burrow with wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase. Now they turn to the offensive line, and select Teven Jenkins, a player who was getting serious first-round consideration and was ranked 24th on the “Consensus Big Board” as curated by Arif Hasan from The Athletic. Jenkins could start at guard given the presence of Jonah Williams and Riley Reiff before eventually sliding outside.”
Bleeding Green Nation — Dillon Radunz, OT, NDSU
Sporting News — Jalen Mayfield, OT/G, Michigan
The Bengals can rebound nicely to upgrade their blocking for Joe Burrow and Joe Mixon after landing wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase to make the passing game more explosive in Round 1.
Walter Football — Jackson Carman, G/OT, Clemson
The Bengals will likely go after an offensive lineman if they pass on Penei Sewell at No. 5. Jackson Carman has some great athletic ability for a 340-pound lineman. Some believe he’s a left tackle in the pros. He comes with some character issues, however.
NJ.com — Samuel Cosmi, T, Texas
Cincy passed on a tackle in the first round to take star WR Ja’Marr Chase. They get a decent tackle from Texas in round two.
Pewter Report — Liam Eichenberg, OT, Notre Dame
The Bengals nab one of my top tackles in the class in Eichenberg, who brings his impressive technique and dogged tenacity to the rebuild in Cincinnati.
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