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Bengals Legend Has Strong Take on Team's First-Round Pick

Devon Platana
Cincinnati Bengals legend Willie Anderson weighed in on who the team should select with the No. 5 pick.
Cincinnati Bengals legend Willie Anderson weighed in on who the team should select with the No. 5 pick. / Joe Robbins/Getty Images

The 2021 NFL Draft is quickly approaching and football fans are wondering who the Cincinnati Bengals will select with the No 5 pick. One of the team's main priorities is to get help for Joe Burrow.

In his rookie season, Burrow was sacked 32 times, which was tied for the 11th-highest total in the NFL. To make matter worse, he only managed to play 10 games before a hit tore his ACL and MCL, ending his season early.

One of the more popular theories is that the Bengals will use the No. 5 selection to draft offensive tackle Penei Sewell to help protect Burrow. Even Bengals legend Willie Anderson likes this idea.

While some people may want the Bengals to select a flashier player with the pick, Anderson said that protecting Burrow is a bigger priority.

"I know what the numbers say! But in real life real time," Anderson said on Instagram, using a stick figure diagram to show Sewell blocking for Burrow. "There are killers out there hunting for your QBs head! You better send other killers out front to protect them."

Anderson spent 12 seasons with the Bengals during his NFL career. During that time span, he was a three-time First Team All-Pro player and earned one Second-Team All-Pro nod as well. Anderson also only allowed 16 sacks in his 13-season career, so it's safe to say he's earned the right to advocate for Burrow's protection.

The truth is that an amazing offensive line can be the difference-maker on a team. The Indianapolis Colts proved that when they drafted Quenton Nelson sixth overall in 2018.

Sewell can be that type of player for the Bengals. While he opted out of the 2020 season, he proved what he could do in the previous two seasons. Sewell only allowed one sack in 1,377 regular-season offensive snaps while playing for the Oregon Ducks.

If the team can bring in Sewell to protect Burrow in 2021 and beyond, Bengals fans should be even more excited about the future.

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