2021 NFL Draft Round 1, Pick 9
It all depends on the progression of rookie quarterback Joe Burrow, but the Cincinnati Bengals appear to be putting together a potentially dynamic offensive unit to lead them into the future. Burrow is coming off of one of the best college football seasons in history and the Bengals have surrounded him with a strong group of weapons. Joe Mixon, A.J. Green, Tyler Boyd, Tee Higgins, John Ross, the list goes on and on.
On paper, there is a lot to like about this offensive unit. However, their offensive line is still a mess and simply must be addressed going forward. Getting Jonah Williams back and healthy should help, but this team has multiple needs across the offensive line and if they want Burrow to progress properly, they must invest in their situation up front.
With Sewell off of the board, the Bengals target the top interior offensive line prospect in the 2021 NFL Draft class, Wyatt Davis out of Ohio State. Davis is a mean and nasty offensive lineman who consistently dominates at the point of attack. His raw power is incredibly impressive in both the run and passing games, but do not sleep on his ability to move in space.
Davis moves his feet well, showing the ability to reach the second level with ease and handle speedier interior rushers when needed. It is easy to question the positional value of this selection, but Davis is a truly elite prospect at a massive position of need for Cincinnati. Adding him to their offensive line mix immediately raises their floor and ceiling.