Sunday, January 17, 2021

Cincinnati Bengals 2021 NFL Mock Draft Roundup, 4.0

Throughout the year and leading up to the 2021 NFL draft, we will update our Cincinnati Bengals Mock Draft Roundup showing picks for the Cincinnati Bengals from several prominent sites and draft analysts.

The following are picks in recent mock drafts for the Bengals:

EDSFootball - Kevin Hanson (1/15)

5. Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon

Upgrading the offensive line needs to be one of the team's top offseason priorities. While Sewell opted out of the 2020 season, the 2019 first-team AP All-American was dominant in his true-sophomore campaign and won't turn 21 until October.

San Diego Union Tribune - Eddie Brown (1/13)

5. Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon

It would be a personal affront to Joe Burrow if owner/GM Mike Brown doesn't pick an offensive lineman in the first round. Sewell being available here would be a best-case scenario for the Bengals. Otherwise, it wouldn't surprise me if they trade up to land the 2019 Outland Trophy winner -- he opted out of this season due to the threat of COVID-19 as well. Sewell isn't flawless, but his potential is immense (he'll be 21 in October).

CBS Sports - Chris Trapasso (1/13)

5. Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon

With Sewell on the board, and Joe Burrow coming off a major knee injury, the Bengals don't overthink it, and pick the athletic, powerful blocker.

The Athletic - Dane Brugler (1/12)

5. Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon

The Bengals (and Joe Burrow) might be on pins and needles at No. 5, hoping Sewell gets past the Jets, Dolphins and Falcons. Sewell isn't the flawless prospect some make him out to be, but he is still an outstanding player with his big-man balance and flexibility -- and he doesn't turn 21 until October.

The Draft Network - Joe Marino (1/7)

5. Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon

The Bengals took a calculated risk with the offensive line it had blocking for prized No. 1 overall pick Joe Burrow as a rookie and it ended poorly as Burrow suffered a season-ending knee injury. With all the quarterback needy-teams at the top of the board and Miami being a logical trade back spot, Cincinnati is the beneficiary of Sewell being available with the fifth pick. He can come in and immediately start at left tackle for the Bengals while Jonah Williams can flip to right tackle or guard, potentially improving the offensive line in multiple spots.

ESPN - Todd McShay (1/7)

5. Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern

Just four teams allowed more sacks than Cincinnati this season, not something you want to see right after drafting a franchise quarterback at No. 1 overall. Jonah Williams, a 2019 first-round tackle, is the only entrenched starter on the offensive line at the moment, and with Joe Burrow returning from a knee injury, protection will be even more important in 2021. A 2020 opt-out, Slater projects best as an interior lineman -- possibly at center -- but he also has experience at both left and right tackle. With Penei Sewell gone, Slater is the top offensive lineman on my board here and will help fix a woeful unit with growing importance to the future success of this Bengals team. But also watch for the Bengals to try to move up to get Sewell.

USA Today - Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz (1/5)

5. Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon

Whether chalked up to shoddy protection or merely a stroke of bad luck, Joe Burrow's torn anterior cruciate ligament in Week 11 affirmed that Cincinnati's current setup along the offensive line is untenable for its franchise centerpiece. If Sewell is still available at this point, the 2019 Outland Trophy winner would be a no-brainer for the Bengals, as he would afford Burrow some much needed peace of mind upon the quarterback's return.

Athlon Sports - Bryan Fisher (1/5)

5. Ja'Marr Chase, WR, LSU

Joe Burrow needs a new No. 1 receiver, so why not pair him up with an old buddy from Baton Rouge who helped fuel one of the most prolific offenses in college football history? Chase opted out of the 2020 campaign so he'll be fresh and ready to go as Burrow's top option for years to come.

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