In the most recent Pro Football Focus mock draft, Eric Eager has the Bengals selecting Texas A&M guard Kenyon Green.
Of Green, Eager writes:
"After getting Ja’Marr Chase to go along with Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins in the 2021 draft, it is time to put some better players in front of Joe Burrow. Green is that caliber of player; his pass-blocking and run-blocking grades have improved each year since he entered college football in 2019."
Getting Green at 26 would be a coup for any team. He is currently ranked 10th, seventh, and 13th overall by The Draft Network, Pro Football Network, and PFF, respectively.
NFL Mock Draft Database has Green ranked at 11th overall. Their consensus pick has him going to Washington at nine.
There is a chance he could be there if NFL teams follow Mel Kiper. The ESPN draft analyst lists Green as the best guard prospect. However, he still has the junior lineman outside his overall top 25.
According to PFF, Green gave up one sack, two QB hits, and seven hurries on 404 pass block attempts.
Green is the versatile type of lineman that the Bengals covet. He has some experience at every position along the offensive line except for center. If the Bengals were to target Green, it would be to play guard. He is primarily a left guard. That is where he has had the most success.
In 2019, he played all of his snaps at right guard. In 2019, Green gave up four sacks, seven QB hits, and 17 hurries, according to PFF. Those numbers have improved over the past two years.
The Bengals will look to upgrade their offensive line in 2022. Right now, Cincinnati leads the NFL in sacks. Kenyon Green would be a great addition to that unit. Just don’t hold your breath on it happening.
Oh yeah. Hopefully, the Bengals will be selecting much later than 26, taking them completely out of the Green sweepstakes. So there’s that.