Bengals Hall-of-Famer Weighs In on Team's No. 5 Pick
When it comes to priorities at the 2021 NFL Draft, one thing that the Cincinnati Bengals need is some protection for quarterback Joe Burrow. Burrow was sacked 32 times in his rookie season and it was one final hit that saw him tear his ACL and MCL, ending his season prematurely.
The Bengals have the No. 5 pick in a draft that's loaded with talented offensive linemen. Experts and fans alike believe that the team should use the pick to improve their O-Line. And you can add a Bengals Hall-of-Famer to that list.
ESPN reporter Ben Baby reported that Bengals legend Anthony Muñoz thinks that, if he were the team, he'd draft Oregon offensive tackle Penei Sewell at No. 5.
Muñoz, who spent his entire 13-year career on the Bengals' offensive line, said that Burrow should be "pretty happy" if the team selects Sewell.
Muñoz isn't the first Bengals legend to come out and endorse Sewell as of late. Willie Anderson posted an Instagram over the weekend advocating for Sewell as well.
While there's certainly a lot of hype around Sewell, he absolutely deserves it. He opted out of the 2020 season because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but his previous college stats showcase his potential. In 1,377 offensive snaps at Oregon, Sewell allowed only 1 sack and 3 hits. In his sophomore season, he had the highest PFF grade out of any offensive lineman at 95.8.
If the Bengals do select Sewell and he's able to reach that level of play in the NFL, Burrow shouldn't have to be worried about getting hit for the foreseeable future.
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