Bengals build around Joe Burrow in 7-round 2021 mock draft

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Rashad Weaver, EDGE, Pittsburgh

Now that the Bengals have improved their offense through the additions of Sewell and Toney, they can finally get around to addressing their biggest weakness, defense.

The Bengals most specific need on defense is on the defensive line, where Carl Lawson spent 2020 as seemingly the only competent pass rusher on the roster. Unfortunately for the Bengals, Lawson is entering free agency this offseason. While re-signing him should be their top priority, that is no guarantee.

Whether Lawson stays or not, Rashad Weaver from Pittsburgh would be a solid addition to the Bengals’ rotation on the defensive line.

Weaver is a solid pass rusher with a strong skillset. With 7.5 sacks in 2020, the senior edge rusher has shown just how disruptive he can be getting to the quarterback. Along with Jaylen Twyman and Patrick Jones II, Weaver was a part of one of the best defensive lines in college football this past year with the Panthers.

By adding Weaver, the Bengals would hope to bring similar success to Cincinnati. Adding Weaver alone to the defensive line will not be enough to solve their abysmal pass rush, but it’s a start.

Between Weaver, Sam Hubbard, and the hopeful return of Lawson, the Bengals will finally be putting together something resembling a solid rotation.