Cincinnati Bengals: 7 Round 2020 Mock Draft
The Bengals have several holes along their offensive line. They would be smart to spend more than one pick on the position group. Walker Little out of Stanford would make a lot of sense here.
He was considered a top tackle prospect due to the flashes he put on film that indicated he could be elite. However, he showed some flaws in his game in his first year starting. 2019 was supposed to be the year he put it all together, but that hope was cut down when his season ended due to a knee injury.
His draft stock fell substantially. Bleacher Report has him ranked as the 10th best offensive tackle and CBS Sports has him missing from their top 100 prospects entirely. However, at this point in the draft, the Bengals should have no problem taking a chance on him. He has got the size, talent, and temperament to be a great addition to the offensive line room.
If the Bengals already have Jonah Williams and select another offensive tackle early in the draft, as suggested above, Walker’s fit with the team may be questionable. However, The Draft Network had this to say about him.
"“I think he might actually be a Guard parading around in a Tackle’s clothing — he’s built boxy and I like his functional strength in situations where he’s belly to belly with defensive linemen. He can do a really nice job in turnout situations and leveraging with his hands in grappling opportunities to uproot a defender and win leverage”"
So, the Bengals may find him most valuable at one of their guard positions. If that proves to be too difficult, they know Williams has experience there and could kick him inside instead.
Getting a player that has the natural talent Little possesses would be a steal in round five. The Bengals would have to show patience as he recovers and works out some kinks in his game, but the payoff could be substantial.