2021 NFL Draft: From the college perspective, Cincinnati Bengals draft analysis, all the picks, best value selection and biggest reach.
Cincinnati Bengals 2021 NFL Draft Analysis
– When was the last time a wide receiver taken in the top five lived up to the pick? Amari Cooper is the one, but he’s not quite a transcendent Hall of Fame-caliber pick. Cincinnati needed blocking help to keep Joe Burrow healthy, and it passed on OT Penei Sewell – who looks like he might have perennial All-Pro upside – for a receiver in a loaded draft at the position.
– The Bengals got guys. They didn’t get sure-stars – other than possibly Chase – and they went heavy on the infrastructure picks for the lines, but there wasn’t a ton of value and there were a whole bunch of question marks, mainly …
– PK Evan McPherson in the fifth round. If you’re bad enough to be picking fifth overall coming off a 4-11-1 season, you’re not in any position to draft a kicker in the fifth when you have other needs to go after.
To be fair, it’s a strength-in-numbers class with a whole lot of beef for the defensive interior and a sneaky-good get in Texas edge rusher Joseph Ossai in the third, but it’s a draft. Nothing more, nothing less.
Best Value Pick: DT Tyler Shelvin, LSU, 4th round, 122nd overall
Biggest Reach: PK Evan McPherson, Florida, 5th round, 149th overall
Late Flier That Could Work: DE Wyatt Hubert, Kansas State, 7th round, 235th overall
Cincinnati Bengals 2021 NFL Draft Analysis: 2021 NFL Draft Picks
1 (5) WR Ja’Marr Chase, LSU
2 (46) OT/OG Jackson Carman, Clemson
3 (69) EDGE Joseph Ossai, Texas
4 (111) – DE Cameron Sample, Tulane
4 (122) – DT Tyler Shelvin, LSU
4 (139) – OT D’Ante Smith, East Carolina
5 (149) – PK Evan McPherson, Florida
6 (190) – C Trey Hill, Georgia
6 (202) – RB Chris Evans, MIchigan
7 (235) – DE Wyatt Hubert, Kansas State
Cincinnati Bengals 2021 NFL Draft Analysis: Pre-Draft Analysis
The Bengals have a chance to nail this. While everyone else freaks out about getting a quarterback, Cincinnati can trade down from the five or get a phenomenal value with either the best receiver or offensive tackle there for the taking. There’s really not a bad pick between LSU WR Ja’Marr Chase or Oregon OT Penei Sewell, but going with the offensive tackle to protect the mending Joe Burrow might be the more responsible choice.
There are a whole lot of wide receivers in a deep, deep class. A terrific one will still be there at the 38th overall spot, but there won’t be a tackle anywhere close to Sewell’s level there. However, there should be a strong group of pass rushers and ends early in the second round, which means …
The Bengals can wait until the third round to get more for the receiving corps. If they really want to get funky, they can move some of their later picks to move up, or again, move down from five and start stockpiling a bit. They’re in a good overall position.
Cincinnati Bengals 2021 NFL Draft Analysis: 2020 NFL Draft Picks
1 QB Joe Burrow, LSU
2 WR Tee Higgins, Clemson
3 LB Logan Wilson, Wyoming
4 LB Akeem Davis-Gaither, Appalachian State
5 DE Khalid Kareem, Notre Dame
6 OT Hakeem Adeniji, Kansas
7 LB Markus Bailey, Purdue
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