Cincinnati Bengals fans are surely pumped about the future after seeing quarterback Joe Burrow nearly lead the team to a Super Bowl title in 2021. This Bengals roster is full of talent and NFL analyst Todd McShay projects Cincinnati to improve upon a major weakness in his latest 2022 mock draft.
Bengals Mock Draft
McShay projects Central Michigan offensive lineman Bernhard Raimann to be the pick for the Bengals at No. 31 overall. This is a welcome sight given Burrow was sacked an NFL-high 51 times during the regular season. Giving up 19 sacks in the playoffs ended up hurting Cincinnati, too.
The Bengals play their best football when their franchise quarterback is able to survey the defense in a clean pocket. The constant need for Burrow to scramble even caused him to suffer a sprained MCL in the Super Bowl. Cincinnati's front office should do whatever it takes to upgrade his protection.
Raimann may not be a household name, but he has been a force for the Chippewas during his college career. The 24-year-old has the upper body strength to push defensive linemen back in their stance and showed during the Senior Bowl that he has the hand skills to shut down edge rushers, too.
Raimann has a shot to earn a starting spot given he excels in training camp. Meanwhile, a situation in which the Bengals draft a position other than OL in the first round would definitely end in an uproar. Cincinnati fans will be on the edge of their seats when the NFL Draft kicks off on Thursday, April 28.
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