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Joe Burrow Pushing Bengals to Draft Former College Teammate With 2021 First-Round Pick

David Kaestle
Joe Burrow is reportedly pushing to reunite with his college teammate.
Joe Burrow is reportedly pushing to reunite with his college teammate. / Patrick McDermott/Getty Images

The Cincinnati Bengals entered the offseason with their No. 1 goal as finding more protection for young star quarterback Joe Burrow. Which makes sense given how bad the offensive line was for the rookie last year, and it arguably resulted in him tearing his ACL.

After missing out on the big offensive line free agents, Cincinnati was able to sign Riley Rieff, but that's certainly not enough to transform your offensive line. Currently holding the NO.m 5 pick in the draft, this leaves the Bengals in prime position to draft Oregon left tackle Penei Sewell, who is considered a can't-miss prospect by almost everyone.

Although, Burrow reportedly has another idea for that pick. The former Heisman Trophy winner is reportedly pushing for the Bengals to select his old LSU teammate, wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase with the No. 5 pick.

Adding Chase to the Bengals offense would potentially create a scary skill position group, headlined by Joe Mixon, Tyler Boyd, Tee Higgins and then Chase.

There's no denying Chase is a dynamic playmaker, but Sewell's talent can't be ignored either, and it also comes at a bigger position of need. In ways, it's curious to see Burrow arguing against more protection for him considering how his season ended in 2020, but at the same time, it's hard to find as strong a connection as he would have with Chase.

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