CINCINNATI – The dust has settled after an eventful time with the free agency for the Bengals.
They still have many needs including offensive and defensive lines. Cincinnati also has to deal with AJ Green, John Ross, and Alex Erickson who are signing elsewhere in the free agency.
This is the first of several post-free agency mock-ups we’ll be releasing over the next three weeks.
Here’s what I think the Bengals will do in the first three rounds of the 2021 NFL Draft!
1. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-15) – Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson
2. New York Jets (2-14) – Zach Wilson, QB, BYU
3. San Francisco 49ers (6-10) – Justin Fields, QB, State of Ohio
4. Atlanta Falcons (4-12) – Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida
5. Cincinnati Bengals (4-11-1) – Penei Sewell, OL, Oregon
The Bengals are taking the guy they’ve had their eye on for months. There’s going to be a real debate between Sewell and LSU star Ja’Marr Chase. Ultimately, they put the top offensive lineman in the draft.
Sewell can begin his NFL career on guard. The Bengals like Jonah Williams and believe he can be their left device of the present and future. Putting Sewell on his right side next to Riley Reiff gives him a chance to achieve early success while he is still working on his technique.
The 20-year-old should be a high-end security guard from day one because of his athleticism. He can take on the right tackle for Reiff in 2022 or go outside in the event of an injury. There’s a value argument here for Chase, but Cincinnati chooses security at Sewell.
6th Miami Dolphins (10-6) – Yes’Marr Chase, WR, LSU
7. Detroit Lions (5-11) – Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota state
8. Carolina Panthers (5-11) – Rashawn Slater, OT, northwest
9. Denver Broncos (5-11) – Mac Jones, QB, Alabama
10. Dallas Cowboys (6-10) – Patrick Surtain Jr., CB, Alabama
11. New York Giants (6-10) – Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech
12th Philadelphia Eagles (4-11-1) – Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
13. LA chargers (7-9) – Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State
14. Minnesota Vikings (7-9) – Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina
15. New England Patriots (7-9) – DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama
16. Arizona Cardinals (8-8) – Alijah Vera-Tucker, OG, USC
17. Las Vegas Raiders (8-8) – Teven Jenkins, OL, State of Oklahoma
18.Miami Dolphins – Zaven Collins, OLB, Tulsa
19. Washington Football Team (7-9) – Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, OLB, Notre Dame
20. Chicago Bears (8-8) – Usage Bateman, WR, Minnesota
21. Indianapolis Colts (11-5) – Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech
22. Tennessee Titans (11-5) – Kwity Paye, DE, Michigan
23.Jets (via Seattle Seahawks) – Trevon Moehrig, S., Missouri
24. Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4) – Najee Harris, RB, Alabama
25. Jaguars (via Los Angeles Rams) – Greg Newsome, CB, Northwest
26. Cleveland Browns (11-5) – Azeez Ojulari, DE, Georgia
27. Baltimore Ravens (11-5) – Terrace Marshall, WR, LSU
28. New Orleans Saints (12-4) – Phillips, DE, Miami
29. Buffalo Bills (13-3) – Jayson Oweh, DE, Penn State
30. Green Bay Packers (13-3) – Elijah Moore, WR, Ole Miss
31. Kansas City Chiefs (14-2) – Samuel Cosmi, OL, Texas
32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (11-5) – Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue
38. Cincinnati Bengals (4-11-1) – Carlos Basham Jr., DE, Wake Forest
The Bengals continue to address the trenches with the best player on their board. Basham has had 85 tackles (22 losses), 15 sacks and seven forced fiddles in his last 19 games at Wake Forest.
His explosiveness and sportiness could be seen on his pro day last month. The Bengals need help at the end of the defensive as Carlos Dunlap and Carl Lawson are no longer in town. Basham should be able to add immediately alongside Trey Hendrickson and Sam Hubbard.
69. Cincinnati Bengals (4-11-1) – Ben Cleveland, Guard, Georgia
The downside to taking Sewell on Round 1 is that there is no free space to take a wide receiver. Similar to round two, the Bengals stay on their board and pick the best available player.
Cleveland could be a day one starter for Cincinnati. It would be surprising if it were still available in round three, but if it does, the Bengals will be tempted to take it regardless of what they did with their first two picks.
Cleveland is 6-foot-6,335 pounds. He is tall, strong, and physical. He’s a great pass protector and Frank Pollack should be able to help him develop into a quality starter.
Suddenly the Bengals offensive line has young talent and depth in both tackle and guard.
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