If a tackle the caliber of Josh Jones out of Houston falls to pick 33, the Bengals should run to the podium.
Many consider Jones a first-round talent but he drops to the second round here due to the historic wide receiver class and amount of top-end talent at his position this year.
The 6’5″, 310-pound tackle had an excellent showing at the Senior Bowl, something fans can be sure the Bengals coaching staff took note of.
Breaking down one of the many clips of him from the event, there is a lot to love. He successfully diffuses the pass rusher’s hands, forcing him to work back inside and ensuring he can’t rip through. Once he’s countered the initial move, he uses the leverage he’s gained to bring the end to the ground. @PFF_College has many more videos of his impressive reps from the week.
Looking at the big picture, drafting the Texas native would give the Bengals two extremely young and talented bookends to protect Joe Burrow (presumably) moving forward. As great as Jones already is, he still has plenty of room to develop and grow as well. He would likely line up at right tackle in Cincinnati, a position that the Bengals have struggled to fill for quite some time.