2. Jonah Williams
Earlier this offseason, the Bengals quietly picked up Jonah Williams’ fifth-year option. The team spent the 11th overall pick on Williams in the 2019 draft and early on, it looked as though the pick was a mistake.
Williams missed his entire rookie year due to injury so fans didn’t get to see him in action until the 2020 season. Williams was okay that year but he missed another six games, leading fans to link him to the injury bug.
Fortunately, the former Alabama product stayed healthy in year three and played well in the left tackle spot. He finished the season with a PFF grade of 77.1 but he did allow eight sacks, which was tied for the sixth-most in the league.
Picking up Williams’ fifth-year option was a smart move, as it gives the Bengals more time to extend their former first-round pick. If he continues to play well in 2022, extending the left tackle is a no-brainer decision because solid left tackles don’t grow on trees.