Latest On Bengals’ Draft Plans

Three quarterbacks will almost certainly go off the board to start this year’s draft, marking the first time in 22 years that will have taken place. The Falcons are undecided on whether they should acquire Matt Ryan‘s heir apparent at No. 4. This puts the Bengals in position to land perhaps this draft’s top non-quarterback.

Picking fifth without a quarterback need, the Bengals will have a bevy of high-end offensive prospects from which to choose. Considering the issues they have had on their offensive line in recent years, they have been linked to Oregon tackle Penei Sewell. Zac Taylor, player personnel director Duke Tobin and offensive line coach Frank Pollack were in Eugene, Ore., for Sewell’s pro day, Tyler Dragon of the Cincinnati Enquirer tweets. Pollack told attendees Sewell impressed him, Tony Pauline of ProFootballNetwork.com tweets.

Sewell would make sense as a player who could be a long-term starter opposite left tackle Jonah Williams, but Tobin said the Bengals can acquire a starter-caliber lineman on the draft’s second night. Cincinnati has starter grades on O-linemen projected to go in the second and third rounds, Tobin said during a podcast with Bengals announcer Dan Hoard (Twitter link). Tobin added that the addition of veteran tackle Riley Reiff gives the team a better O-line outlook than it had in 2020 (Twitter link via ESPN.com’s Ben Baby).

Needs exist on the interior of Cincinnati’s O-line, and Tobin said more additions will take place. But the veteran executive understandably is not giving off the vibe the team must add an impact blocker early.

The Bengals also do not want to trade too far down from No. 5; they might not be interested in moving down at all. A best-player-available pick may suit the Bengals, who have included Joe Burrow in their pre-draft process, Tobin more or less confirmed (via Baby, on Twitter). Burrow has stumped for a Ja’Marr Chase reunion, according to Albert Breer of SI.com. The Eagles may well expect this to be the direction the Bengals go, with Breer noting Philly believes there is a good chance Cincy drafts Chase at No. 5. Possessing a greater receiver need than the Bengals do, the Eagles traded down from from No. 6 to No. 12 late last month.

The Bengals did not re-sign either of the top-10 receiver picks on last year’s roster — A.J. Green and John Ross — but have invested a first- or second-round pick in a wideout in three of the past five drafts. Chase opted out of his junior season but exploded for 84 receptions, 1,780 yards and 20 touchdown catches during Burrow’s Heisman-winning 2019. He and Burrow played together at LSU for two seasons.

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  1. jawn

    I don’t understand the relevance the Eagles have to this article or the Bengals draft plans?

    • vtncsc

      Philly wanted Chase, but they feel cincy will draft him. They’re #2 option they feel will be there at 12?

      • bravesfan88

        If I am the Eagles GM, I probably have my top 5 non QBs listed as Pitts, Chase, Sewell, Waddle, and Smith. With Pitts and Chase likely gone by the top 5, and likely 2 more QBs gone that’ll be 7 picks down, and they should still be left with Sewell, Waddle, and Smith…

        If Smith isn’t there, I think I trade back again. Pick up some more picks, then get a guy like Bateman later on in the 1st…The Eagles have QUITE A FEW holes to fill, and if you’re wanting some quality, excellent depth this is the draft to acquire it!!

        I’m looking at the end of the 2nd Round, and guys projected into the 3rd Round, and I’m still seeing some quality impact starters that can contribute right away. So, if I’m the Eagles, and I can’t get my guy, the smart move is to trade back if you can..

        Philly better hope that Surtain and Parsons gets picked before them; otherwise, they could very well get stuck without Sewell, Waddle, or Smith being available at 12…

        The numbers are pretty tight, but I think Philly will likely end up being able to draft DeVonte Smith from Bama. I think his size will scare away some teams, and he will fall just far enough for the Eagles to scoop him up at 12..

  2. I Beg To Differ

    Sewell. If hes not there then trade back.

    You can find talent in the back half of the 1st round / early 2nd.

    Marhsall, Bateman come to mind. Build the roster around your franchise QB by trading back. Bengals arent one big acquisition away. Protecting Burrow is top priority.

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