Stripe Hype 7-Round Bengals Mock Draft Compilation

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - JANUARY 13: Joe Burrow #9 of the LSU Tigers rolls out of the pocket during the second quarter of the College Football Playoff National Championship game against the Clemson Tigers at the Mercedes Benz Superdome on January 13, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The LSU Tigers topped the Clemson Tigers, 42-25. (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - JANUARY 13: Joe Burrow #9 of the LSU Tigers rolls out of the pocket during the second quarter of the College Football Playoff National Championship game against the Clemson Tigers at the Mercedes Benz Superdome on January 13, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The LSU Tigers topped the Clemson Tigers, 42-25. (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images) /
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SOUTH BEND, IN – OCTOBER 12: Austin Jackson #73 of the USC Trojans blocks during a game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Notre Dame Stadium on October 12, 2019 in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated USC 30-27. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
SOUTH BEND, IN – OCTOBER 12: Austin Jackson #73 of the USC Trojans blocks during a game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Notre Dame Stadium on October 12, 2019 in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated USC 30-27. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /

Author: Bram Jungnitz

Round 1, Pick 1:

Joe Burrow, QB, LSU- The pick is self-explanatory. The Bengals should run to the podium and draft a quarterback with the ceiling to be the next Aaron Rodgers. Burrow has an exceptional ability to make plays both in and out of structure and a broad skillset. Let’s make this Ohio kid the face of the franchise.

Round 2, Pick 33:

Austin Jackson, OT, USC- The Bengals need to prioritize protecting Burrow and drafting Jackson for the opposite edge as Williams would go a long way to doing so. A 2-year starter, Jackson earned All Pac-12 Honors last season and, despite scouts seeing room for improvement in technique, he would prove a great value pick who would prove a great upgrade over Bobby Hart.

Round 3, Pick 65:

Bryan Edwards, WR, South Carolina- This wide receiver class is too good to miss out on and the Bengals could snag a great value pick up here. Edwards is a physical wideout who can provide help in many 2018 Rams-esque jet sweeps and bubble screens that Zac Taylor was so familiar with in Los Angeles.

Round 4, Pick107:

Damien Lewis, IOL, LSU- Cincinnati has whiffed on a few interior linemen in recent drafts and Lewis brings a familiar face for protection of Joe Burrow. Lewis is a powerful blocker who could bring a dominating, physical attitude to a revamped offensive line.

Round 5, Pick147:

Jacob Phillips, LB, LSU- The Bengals have many holes in the roster, none bigger than linebacker. With the Bengals running predominantly in nickel, the position is of smaller priority. Additionally, many positions of high value have great depth in this class. Phillips offers a highly physical presence whose strengths lie in the running game.

Round 6, Pick180:

Devin Asiasi, TE, UCLA- A pass-catching Tight End remains a need after the departure of Tyler Eifert. Asiasi brings an agile presence with pass-catching ability, especially in the middle of the field. As late as round 6, this pick would be a no-brainer in building Burrow’s arsenal.

Round 7, Pick215:

Stantley Thomas-Oliver III, CB, FIU- Despite free agency additions, the secondary can always benefit from adding talent. Thomas-Oliver III recorder 18 passes defenced in 2 years at FIU and could bring natural speed and potential to be developed in future seasons.

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