Top Big Ten draft prospects for Bengals fans to keep an eye on

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - DECEMBER 28: Offensive lineman Wyatt Davis #52 of the Ohio State Buckeyes walks off the field after his teams 29-23 loss to the Clemson Tigers in the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl at State Farm Stadium on December 28, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, ARIZONA - DECEMBER 28: Offensive lineman Wyatt Davis #52 of the Ohio State Buckeyes walks off the field after his teams 29-23 loss to the Clemson Tigers in the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl at State Farm Stadium on December 28, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images) /
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Bengals draft watch: Alaric Jackson, OT, Iowa

Going into the season, it was clear that the Bengals’ offensive line was their biggest weakness. After six games, those fears have been confirmed as Joe Burrow has been destroyed week in and week out by opposing defensive lines. In the 2021 offseason, the line should be the front office’s first, second, and third priority.

Essentially every spot on the Bengals’ line is a problem, aside from Jonah Williams at the left tackle spot and Trey Hopkins at center. As for the guard positions and right tackle, all three should be addressed in one way or another for the Bengals.

Alaric Jackson is a tackle prospect from Iowa who could prove himself as a first-round pick when Big Ten football returns. If he plays as expected in 2020, he could be the perfect player to replace Bobby Hart (if Penei Sewell is off the board).

Some critics of Jackson’s game say that he would be better suited as a guard in the NFL. These analysts site his lack of length as a major reason that he would be better suited to play inside. While a tackle would be preferable for their presumed top ten pick, their desperate need for a guard means that he will be a player to look out for regardless of his projected pro-position.

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