Like the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Cincinnati Bengals entered this offseason needing to upgrade their offensive line. However, most of those upgrades have already been made via free agency. Ted Karras, Alex Cappa and La’el Collins all joined in free agency and will bring a new look to this Cincy offense that already has Super Bowl experience.
Those free agency additions will allow the Bengals to move to the defensive side of the ball with this pick and add a player to the secondary in this 2022 NFL Mock Draft. The offensive fire power is increasing in the AFC North and the Bengals have to be ready.
A press corner, Roger McCreary can be incredibly disruptive when playing close to a receiver, something that will come in handy against Amari Cooper twice a year. He will need to improve his ability against taller receivers, being 5-foot-11, but that can come with experience.
*Detroit Lions send No. 32 and a late round pick to the Seattle Seahawks for No. 40 and No. 41
Like I said, the Detroit Lions have plenty of picks to trade away if someone wants a fifth year option for a quarterback. Trading back once again, this deal gives the Lions seven picks in the first 50 with three firsts and four seconds, not to mention additional picks in future drafts. Quite the foundation for a rebuild.
As for Seattle, trading two second round picks to get a fifth year option on a potential quarterback of the future is well worth that price. Drew Lock isn’t their long-term solution, but adding a quarterback late in the first could be. They add protection early in the draft, now they add the arm.
Sam Howell lost some of his momentum during the 2021 season and could trickle down the draft boards. His interceptions increased and touchdowns deceased this past season, but the talent is still there.
Howell has received comparisons to Chase Daniel, which isn’t great for his starting outlook. However, Daniel has been good enough to remain one of the premier backup quarterbacks in the NFL for over a decade. Seattle will want a starter obviously, though, and Howell will have the chance to compete for that job as a Seahawk.