There has been some debate lately about the Bengals’ options in the 2021 NFL Draft. Some believe they should put the top player on their board, which could be LSU star Ja’Marr Chase or standout Florida player Kyle Pitts be.
Others believe that they must meet their greatest need, which is in the trenches. The Bengals’ offensive line has been one of the worst in the NFL in recent years.
TJ Houshmandzadeh wondered who to make with the fifth choice.
“Penei Sewell from Oregon, offensive tackle or Rashawn Slater, tackle from Northwestern” Houshmandzadeh said without hesitation on the herd with Colin Cowherd. “You have to draw one of these guys. The focus for the Bengals should be on an offensive line early and often in the design. If you can find a defensive starter up front, do that, but you have to protect Joe Burrow.” If you look at this section [the AFC North] The Steelers always play defense. The ravens always play defense. Oh, and the Browns have Myles Garrett, so you have to hold Joe Burrow upright and protect him, and it starts in advance. If they draw anyone other than these two linemen, I am shocked. “
Not many people will argue with the Bengals, who take Sewell at number 5, but the idea of taking on Slater over Chase, Pitts, or even Alabama recipients Jaylen Waddle and DeVonta Smith is a bit much.
Achieving the draft will not solve the Bengals’ offensive problems. Picking up a player like Sewell is a breeze, but Slater is a whole different perspective and could be playing guard in the NFL.
Cincinnati must approach the offensive line in free hand, even if they choose Sewell. That gives them some protection in case the Oregon Star isn’t available when the Bengals are at number 5.
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