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ESPN mock draft has the Bengals getting a big-time lineman

Could be a great fit for the Bengals and Joe Burrow.

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The Cincinnati Bengals just missed out on the NFL Playoffs as they finished the season at 9-8 overall. With the offseason now beginning for the Bengals, they will turn their focus to scouting the upcoming draft class.

Locked in to pick at 18th overall in the upcoming NFL Draft, the front office has plenty of questions to answer in regard to the direction they will go with their mid-round selection. Some think they will go defense, while other NFL Mock Draft projections think they should build up the offensive line.

In a new mock draft by Jordan Reid of ESPN, the Bengals go after one of the top offensive linemen in the draft: Georgia Bulldogs tackle Amarius Mims.

The 21-year-old tackle out of Georgia could be a good fit, especially if the Bengals decide to let Jonah Williams walk in free agency. Reid also thinks a wide-out could be the choice here depending on the decision of Tee Higgins.

“With Jonah Williams entering free agency, right tackle becomes an immediate hole for the Bengals — especially because quarterback Joe Burrow is coming off a season-ending right wrist injury. Yes, Mims comes with questions; he has made nine starts in his career and missed six games in 2023 after undergoing TightRope ankle surgery. But at 6-foot-7 and 340 pounds, he is a nimble mover with great balance in pass protection and strength in the run game. If Tee Higgins ends up signing elsewhere, watch for a receiver here.”

The injury history is likely going to be a hold-up for many Bengals fans, and rightfully so. To keep Joe Burrow healthy, the team needs players that are available.

But with Mims’ size, he could be a plug-and-play option for this o-line, especially with Jonah Williams likely heading elsewhere in NFL free agency.

The draft board is just starting to fill up, and it’s obvious the Bengals front office has several personnel choices to make before Draft Day arrives.

Going to be interesting to see how this all plays out.