Bengals draft dictated by what Falcons do with fourth NFL Draft pick
Who the Bengals choose with the fifth pick in the 2021 NFL Draft will be dictated by what the Atlanta Falcons do one slot before Cincinnati. Consensus mock drafts have Atlanta selecting Florida tight end, Kyle Pitts. Quarterbacks being taken with the first three picks and Pitts going to Atlanta would be a dream scenario for Cincinnati.
If Atlanta takes Pitts and quarterbacks be taken by Jacksonville, the New York Jets and San Francisco in a trade with the Miami Dolphins would allow the Bengals to chose between Oregon offensive tackle Penei Sewell and LSU wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase. Chase or Sewell are the co-favorites to be drafted by Cincinnati.
There is some speculation that Atlanta could trade the pick. If the pick is moved it would be more likely that another team would move up to select a QB. If a team trades with Atlanta to select Chase or Sewell it’s almost guaranteed that the other one would still be available to Cincinnati with the fifth pick.
The Bengals are in a great position no matter what happens. There is a strong likelihood that either Chase or Sewell would be available when Cincinnati chooses. If QBs are taken with the first four selections in the 2021 NFL Draft that would put Cincinnati in the enviable position of choosing between Chase, Sewell and Pitts.
The Bengals nailed it when they selected Joe Burrow with the first pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Cincinnati has to equally get the fifth pick correct in the 2021 NFL Draft. Selecting Chase or Sewell and potentially Pitts all seem like a safe pick, they will all be scrutinized during their careers by anyone who follows the Bengals.
The Cincinnati pick is a toss-up from NFL analysts on mock drafts. Whoever the Bengals select in the first round, they will likely take the opposite in the second. Chase or Pitts with the fifth pick almost guarantees an offensive lineman in the second. Sewell in the first round likely means a WR in the second round.