With the 2021 NFL Draft beginning in the coming days, here is a look at who the Bengals may select with their eight picks.
The NFL Draft is the most exciting time of the year for many football fans, especially fans of the Cincinnati Bengals. It’s a time filled with hope and excitement where everyone’s favorite teams improve by adding promising young stars to become the faces of their franchise.
For the Bengals’ front office, it’s a chance to get to work and build the foundation for a championship team. With the fifth overall pick and more in their arsenal, Bengals director of player personnel Duke Tobin and company are set to put a great group of young players around franchise quarterback Joe Burrow.
The biggest question surrounding the Bengals at the moment is what they will do with their first-round pick. There are two clear frontrunners to go fifth overall, LSU WR Ja’Marr Chase and Oregon offensive tackle Penei Sewell.
Both of these options are great prospects who would contribute greatly to the Bengals for years to come. Beyond the first round, there are still plenty of options for the Bengals to address the offensive line if they pass on Sewell and to address the WR position if they pass on Chase.
Whichever position the Bengals take with their first pick, they will be able to find solid contributors at the other position. However, the offensive line and WR are not the Bengals’ only areas of need. On defense, the Bengals could use linemen on both the edge and the interior.
Overall, the Bengals have a lot of ground to cover with just eight picks. While no team ever strikes gold with each of their picks in a given year, the Bengals are sure to see improvement at a few of their areas of need at least. The eight Bengals draft picks are a projection not what who they should draft.