Bengals 3-round mock draft: Cincinnati adds local star in first round
Round 3: Pick 89 – Daniel Faalele, OT (Minnesota)
As I mentioned on the previous slide, the Bengals have a lot of question marks surrounding their offensive line this offseason. Another big question mark is who will start at right tackle for the 2022 season. Riley Reiff was signed on just a one-year deal and his injury at the end of the season probably doesn’t bode well for him getting re-signed, or at least not for more than one year.
If Cincy was able to land Minnesota’s Daniel Faalele in the third round of the draft, they’d have their starting right tackle for the foreseeable future. The Draft Network does note that Faalele has some improvements he needs to work on but his size (6’8″ and 380 pounds) is the appealing factor. He’s a tough guy to get around.
The offensive line is a mess and the organization can’t let another offseason go by without giving Joe Burrow the best possible o-line they can. With only one position figured out for 2022, fans wouldn’t be mad if the team spent the majority of their early picks on offensive linemen, so long as they can step in and help protect Joey Franchise.
Faalele is someone who has the tools to be a great right tackle and while he might need some time to figure things out, he’d be a great addition to the o-line in the third round.
One of these picks helps out the secondary and gives Cincinnati a local fan favorite. The other two would go a long way in helping protect Burrow. As long as Burrow has time in the pocket, the Bengals are a dangerous team. Getting a good offensive line put together should help with that and that’s the direction we took in this mock draft.