CINCINNATI – It’s no secret that the Bengals need offensive line assistance.
In a perfect world, Penei Sewell would be attacked in Oregon in the first round of the 2021 NFL draft.
Considered the best device in class, Sewell would help meet Cincinnati’s greatest needs.
This perfect world exists in Dane Brugler’s latest design. He lets the Bengals Sewell land with the number 5.
“The Bengals (and Joe Burrow) could be number 5 and hope Sewell can get past the Jets, Dolphins and Falcons.” Brugler wrote. “Sewell isn’t the flawless prospect some have come to expect, but he’s still a great player with his balance and flexibility – and he won’t turn 21 until October.”
Trevor Lawrence, Zach Wilson, DeVonta Smith and Justin Fields are hit with picks 1-4 in Brugler’s mock.
Three quarterbacks selected in the top 5 would bode well for the Bengals’ chances of winning a top prospect like Sewell or LSU star recipient Ja’Marr Chase, who went to Philadelphia with the sixth selection.
Cincinnati could double down on the offensive line in the second round, especially if Texas is still on the board against Samuel Cosmi, but Brugler lets the Bengals take Asante Samuel Jr.
The Florida state product ended with four interceptions and 23 passes defended over three seasons. He’s not the biggest corner, but he would probably be one of the best players left on the Bengals board. It could also meet a need if William Jackson III signs elsewhere in the free agency.
According to Pro Football Focus, Samuel only allowed one touchdown in coverage in eight games for the Seminoles last season.
It would be nice to land Sewell and Samuel in the first two rounds, provided the Bengals add a start guard and another weapon to Joe Burrow in the free hand
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