The best and worst-case scenario for the Bengals’ offensive line in 2020

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Cincinnati Bengals’ best-case offensive line scenario in 2020:

As grim of an outlook as the worst-case scenario provides, the best-case shows the Bengals aren’t devoid of hope. Their young prospects have shown promise and after the performances put on display to end the season, there’s no reason to think they won’t continue to progress.

For all the concern of some of William’s measurables coming out of college, there was equally as much praise for his pro-readiness. So, in an ideal world, he’d be able to step in and play at a high level right away, masking some of his less than ideal physical attributes with his work ethic.

In addition, Jordan and Johnson would prove to be capable starters at left guard and right tackle. There’s a reason the former started as a true freshman at Ohio State and as a rookie with the Bengals. He has incredible upside and he could discover his full potential if things go according to plan. Johnson isn’t lacking upside either. He’s a mammoth of a man and could turn out to be a capable protector off the edge.

That would just leave the right guard spot unaccounted for. At first glance, the brightest outlook for that position is Xavier Su’a Filo expanding on the flashes he showed in backup duty with Dallas. But if we’re going with the best-case scenario, it would be Billy Price living up to his draft billing.

If the former Buckeye is able to get out of the slump he’s been in to start his career and show off the potential that caused him to be a first-round pick, the Bengals would have a starting offensive line with an average age of just 23.6 and plenty of room to grow. This would allow them to keep the group together for quite some time, giving them a chance to build chemistry and get better with each passing year.

Most importantly, if all of these things played out, Burrow would have plenty of protection, allowing him time to find his footing.