Thanks to a deep offensive tackle class, the Bengals get a chance to scoop up a guard prospect that would have been taken in the first round any other year: Wyatt Davis.
The Ohio State product is a guy Joe Mixon is especially going to love. Davis has heavy hands and possesses a mean streak, often aggressively finishing his blocks. Both traits are a running back’s best friend.
With this selection, Cincinnati all of the sudden has three young and talented linemen protecting Joe Burrow for the foreseeable future in Williams and Slater at tackle and Davis at right guard. If you’re the optimistic type that projects free-agent Joe Thuney in stripes, the Bengals all of the sudden have a very good looking line.
The Bengals are in desperate need of pass rush reinforcements. Defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo’s unit came dead last in the league in terms of sacks a year ago. If you aren’t affecting the opposing signal-caller, it doesn’t matter who you have in the backend, you’re going to get torched.
Joseph Ossai serves as a tremendous prospect to not only help Cincinnati get their pass rush off the ground this season but gives them a player to build around for the foreseeable future. Endless effort and ridiculous athleticism will allow him to accumulate sacks right away, but he still has room to grow. In other words, he’s good now but has the potential to be tremendous.
He’s a good fit for Anarumo’s scheme and impacts the game in a plethora of ways, as evidenced by his stat line last season (five sacks, 16 TFL, three forced fumbles).