Bengals focus on protecting Burrow in early four-round mock draft
Round 4: Pick 136 – Chasen Hines, G, LSU
With the Bengals’ second pick of the fourth round, they go right back to the offensive line, this time adding Chase Hines, a guard out of LSU. Continuing the streak of drafting LSU players in consecutive years, the Bengals choose to add depth on the interior of their offensive line.
Between Spain, Carman and Smith, Hines would probably not be brought in to start, but to provide valuable depth for a team that hopes to contend for Super Bowls. When you’re looking to make deep runs in the playoffs, you must ensure you can protect your quarterback, regardless of injuries to the line.
Hines has the versatility to kick inside to center, so having a backup lineman who can fill in at three different spots is valuable.
So, to sum up, the Bengals spent three of their first five picks on the offensive line and fans would not complain if this ended up being the case in April. While the o-line has played better this year and we’re seeing good play from Jonah Williams and Riley Reiff, having depth along the o-line is always a good idea.
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