Cincinnati Bengals 3-round 2021 NFL mock draft: Building around Burrow

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Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals
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The Cincinnati Bengals continue to build around their new franchise quarterback in this three-round 2021 NFL mock draft.

Coming off of a 2-14 season, the Cincinnati Bengals had to make some real changes this offseason. They made some interesting moves in free agency, but the real change came during the draft. With the first overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Bengals took LSU quarterback Joe Burrow. Burrow is coming off of one of the best college football seasons of all-time and undoubtedly has tremendous upside at the next level.

Adding Burrow to the mix could change everything for the Bengals. This franchise has been stuck in mediocrity (or worse) for a long time now, but if Burrow can grow into a legitimate franchise quarterback, things could change quickly.

Now, the Cincinnati Bengals need to do everything that they can to help Burrow reach his ceiling. Head coach Zac Taylor and offensive coordinator Brian Callahan will obviously play a major role in his development, but perhaps even more importantly, the Bengals will have to surround Burrow will enough talent to have success.

When we look at their offensive skill position players, the Bengals are actually in pretty decent shape. A.J. Green is back in the fold and gives Burrow a strong veteran presence on the outside. Tyler Boyd has grown into a dynamic playmaker out of the slot and Joe Mixon is proving to be a top-tier talent at the running back position. On top of that, second-round rookie Tee Higgins is a big and physical playmaker while John Ross has a ton of explosive speed.

Burrow immediately walks into a situation with plenty of offensive firepower and a forward-thinking head coach who will help put him in advantageous situations. That being said, their offensive line certainly needs some help. 2019 first-round pick Jonah Williams returning from injury will help, but the overall unit undoubtedly needs a ton of help.

What can the Bengals do to improve their situation surrounding Burrow? Find out in this three-round 2021 NFL mock draft.

Note: This mock draft was completed using The Draft Network’s Mock Draft Machine.