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    Media Mock Drafts

    Kiper


    5. Cincinnati Bengals

    Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon
    This is all about protecting quarterback Joe Burrow, who will spend the offseason recovering from the torn left ACL and MCL he suffered in November. Burrow started 10 games, but it was clear that he wasn't comfortable behind a mediocre offensive line. The Bengals can take a step toward improvement by picking Sewell, an opt-outwho was the 2019 Outland Trophy winner. He's the clear top offensive tackle in this class. Sewell could stay at left tackle while 2019 first-rounder Jonah Williams moves to the right side or to guard. I have compared Sewell to Hall of Famer Anthony Munoz, and Cincinnati should be thrilled to get another foundational player


    https://www.espn.com/nfl/draft2021/i...-devonta-smith

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bengals1181 View Post
    Kiper


    5. Cincinnati Bengals

    Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon
    This is all about protecting quarterback Joe Burrow, who will spend the offseason recovering from the torn left ACL and MCL he suffered in November. Burrow started 10 games, but it was clear that he wasn't comfortable behind a mediocre offensive line. The Bengals can take a step toward improvement by picking Sewell, an opt-outwho was the 2019 Outland Trophy winner. He's the clear top offensive tackle in this class. Sewell could stay at left tackle while 2019 first-rounder Jonah Williams moves to the right side or to guard. I have compared Sewell to Hall of Famer Anthony Munoz, and Cincinnati should be thrilled to get another foundational player


    https://www.espn.com/nfl/draft2021/i...-devonta-smith
    Can the other tackles play LT? Darrisaw and Slater?

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    What? Yes, of course. Slater for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by membengal View Post
    What? Yes, of course. Slater for sure.
    Of course? Slater has short arms and has been projected at guard. From what I read Darrisaw is a mauler. Not sure why you said of course, often guys who are stud OL can't play LT.

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    You literally asked if he could play LT. Yes, of course he can. He’s played it all through college at a high level. It’s not like asking if creed Humphrey can play tackle. Whether slater is better at guard isn’t the question you asked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by membengal View Post
    You literally asked if he could play LT. Yes, of course he can. He’s played it all through college at a high level. It’s not like asking if creed Humphrey can play tackle. Whether slater is better at guard isn’t the question you asked.
    Cool

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    PFF

    While Bengals fans would have loved Sewell to shore up the offensive line, Chase could end up being even better for their offense in the long term. He reunites with former LSU teammate Joe Burrow and gives the Bengals a solid route-runner who simply knows how to win at the catch point at each level of the field. Burrow does need better protection, but receivers who get open quickly also protect the quarterback, and Chase produced a 91.1 PFF grade in 2019 while averaging 21.2 yards per reception.

    https://www.pff.com/news/draft-2021-...r-jamarr-chase


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    The X factor with Chase is undoubtedly the Burrow connection/history. If I'm Katie Brown (I will believe Mike has quietly exited stage left), I sit down with Joe and I say, "Joe, we didn't do a proper job giving you what you needed last year. Not to flourish, but to survive. We can help you do both this year, but if we are left with these choices at #5, what would you rather have?

    And I give the kid what he wants without blinking.

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    NFL mock draft 2021: What might happen if New York Jets don't take quarterback at No. 2

    Nate Davis
    USA TODAY


    The 2021 NFL draft may still be three months away, yet recent league events are already beginning to shape it. For starters, the playoffs have nearly set the first-round order – Super Bowl 55 left to determine the Buccaneers or Chiefs as 2020 champions and the final team to select in Round 1.

    And then there’s the quarterback carousel, which has cranked up unusually early. We’re only a few weeks into the 2021 calendar, and already Philip Rivers has announced his retirement, the Lions and Matthew Stafford have apparently chosen to terminate their marriage, and it seems Deshaun Watson wants out of Houston.

    The fallout will be reflected in my first mock draft of the year:

    1. Jacksonville Jaguars – Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson: This selection could make Cincinnati's choice of Joe Burrow a year ago seem dramatic by comparison. Lawrence has long been considered a generational prospect on the order of John Elway, Peyton Manning or Andrew Luck. He has the size (6-6, 200), arm strength, accuracy, mobility and grasp of the position to immediately jumpstart the Jags in concert with new coach Urban Meyer. Clemson didn't lose a regular-season game in Lawrence's three years as a starter, a stretch when he threw 90 TD passes and ran for 18 scores but was picked off just 17 times. The Georgia native should also put quite a charge into the Jags' often tepid fan base.

    2. New York Jets – Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon: This draft's intrigue begins with the Jets, who seemed destined for a union with Lawrence until their Dec. 20 defeat of the Rams changed everything. New York has myriad options at quarterback – draft one, pursue Watson or stick with underachieving 2018 first-rounder Sam Darnold among them. The latter two options only deepen the intrigue as GM Joe Douglas assesses the best ways to strengthen his supporting cast – and trading what should be a highly coveted selection might be the best way to do that. But Douglas, whose inaugural draft pick was LT Mekhi Becton last year, is a proponent of building his team from the inside out. In this scenario, taking Sewell (6-6, 330) – a gifted player who can bolster pass protection and elevate run game production with his mauling pancakes – would seem like the logical way for Douglas practice what he preaches.
    Will Oregon OT Penei Sewell (58) be the first non-quarterback drafted in 2021?

    3. Miami Dolphins (from Houston Texans) – Ja'Marr Chase, WR, LSU: Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith has perhaps recently overshadowed Chase, who opted out of playing in 2020. But before Smith won the Biletnikoff Award as the nation's preeminent receiver, Chase did so in 2019, setting a Southeastern Conference record with 20 TD catches – a mark Smith surpassed in 2020 – while averaging 21.2 yards per reception. Chase has plenty of speed and strength, excellent hands, high-points the ball with great effectiveness and is deadly in the red zone. He also runs every route, including a willingness to work over the middle – and this may be where his sturdier frame (6-0, 208) will distinguish him from Smith. Chase and DeVante Parker would make a nifty receiving combo for Tua Tagovailoa in Miami ... assuming Tua and this pick aren't packaged to the Texans for Watson.

    4. Atlanta Falcons – Zach Wilson, QB, BYU: He's been steadily rising and could well be the Jets' choice at No. 2 if they decide against chasing Watson and keeping Darnold. Wilson, who has exceptional arm talent, blossomed as a junior, completing 73.5% of his passes, 33 going for TDs with just three picked off. A solid athlete, he also ran for 10 scores. Matt Ryan is still playing at a high level in Atlanta. But he'll be 36 in May, and this may be the new regime's best shot at getting a worthy successor.

    5. Cincinnati Bengals – Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida: Another team that could go in a number of directions, but the priority should be putting more talent around Burrow – and that could mean O-line help ... or it could mean adding a playmaker like Pitts. The 6-6, 239-pounder caught 43 balls in 2020, averaging 17.9 yards per reception and finding the end zone 12 times. And given how the Chiefs' Travis Kelce continues to illustrate what a dominant tight end can do for an offense, why shouldn't the Bengals take a chance on a guy who could do a lot of damage between WRs Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins?

    6. Philadelphia Eagles – DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama: He spent much of 2020 gliding through opposing defenses to the tune of 117 catches for an Alabama record 1,856 yards and those SEC record 23 TDs. Teaming him with 2020 first-round WR Jalen Reagor could be the optimal way to get QB Carson Wentz back on track in 2021. However Smith will have to prove his 170-pound frame can hold up in the NFL and that he can deal with stronger corners who will doubtless try to jam him at the line ... unlike, say, what he encountered against Ohio State in college football's championship game.

    7. Detroit Lions – Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State: They're not parting with Stafford to turn the keys over to Chase Daniel or David Blough. Fields is a multi-dimensional threat who was at his best with six TD passes against Clemson in the college playoff semifinals. However that performance was bracketed by several checkered ones, including his final one against Alabama. Still, Fields' estimable potential suggests the Lions might even have to move up a few spots to get him.

    8. Carolina Panthers – Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State: His game reminds you of Cam Newton in his prime ... and at 6-3 and 224 pounds, Lance isn't all that much smaller than the former Panthers MVP. The pandemic limited the Bison to one game in 2020, but Lance was sublime in 2019 with 28 TD passes and zero INTs to go along with 1,100 yards and 14 TDs on the ground. He could probably use extra time to acclimate to the NFL, and apprenticing behind Teddy Bridgewater might be an ideal situation.

    9. Denver Broncos – Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State: Vic Fangio's defense relies on OLBs Bradley Chubb and (presumably) Von Miller creating pressure off the edge ... which means you need a pair of capable off-ball backers patrolling behind the line. Parsons fits the mold, and there could well be a need here with Alexander Johnson headed for free agency.

    10. Dallas Cowboys – Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech: They began reloading the position last year, following Byron Jones' departure, by drafting Trevon Diggs. With Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis potentially out the door in a few months, good chance Dallas continues upgrading on the corner with the 6-2, 207-pound all-Atlantic Coast Conference performer, who skipped the 2020 season due to the pandemic.

    11. New York Giants – Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern: Despite investments they've made in the offensive line, it continues to be a weakness after a season when QB Daniel Jones was sacked 45 times in 14 games. Slater was a guard in high school but played both tackle spots for the Wildcats and could settle in opposite 2020 first-rounder Andrew Thomas.

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/sport...ll/4286682001/

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    Just, no.

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