3 Most Likely Players the Bengals Will Draft No. 5 Overall

Three likely players the Cincinnati Bengals will take with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Three likely players the Cincinnati Bengals will take with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. / Alika Jenner/Getty Images

The Cincinnati Bengals finished in the basement of the AFC North for the third straight season in 2020. But, there is hope on the horizon for the Bengals with last year's No. 1 overall draft pick Joe Burrow returning from injury and the team building through the NFL Draft.

Cincinnati will don new uniforms in 2021 and hope its new stripes will feature more top players. The Bengals have the No. 5 overall pick, and here are three players the Bengals will likely consider in the first round.

3. Ja'Marr Chase, WR, LSU Tigers

Ja'Marr Chase joins the three players on this list who opted out of the 2020 season. Chase will be hard to pass up if the top offenslive linemen are gone. The wideout was one of the most productive wide receivers in the nation two years ago when catching passes from Burrow in LSU's sensational offense. In 2019, Chase caught 84 passes for SEC records of 1,780 yards and 20 touchdowns and more than 21 yards per reception. He was the Biletnikoff Award winner as the top wide receiver in the nation, and he's a game breaker. Chase is rated higher than former LSU teammate WR Justin Jefferson, who was a 2020 Pro Bowler in his rookie season.

2. Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern Wildcats

If Penei Sewell is gone, the Bengals may still opt for their need at offensive tackle and take Rashawn Slater. He opted out of the 2020 season at Northwestern, and some mock drafts have the Bengals taking Slater regardless of Sewell's availability. Slater is obviously strong, and he could also play other positions along the offensive line as necessary, making him a prized pick up front.

1. Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon Ducks

If the Dolphins or Jets don't grab this huge talent, then the Bengals will be adding Sewell as Burrow's protector at left tackle. The Bengals' offensive line finished the season ranked No. 30 in Pro Football Focus' final 2020 offensive line rankings. Sewell opted out of the 2020 season at Oregon, but in his All-American season in 2019, he incredibly did not allow a sack or take any penalties. PFF graded Sewell as the highest-rated offensive lineman in the country in 2019 and one of its highest-graded offensive linemen ever. The Bengals' future on offense would look bright with Sewell in front of Burrow.

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