After finishing the 2020 season with a 4-11-1 record, the Cincinnati Bengals will enter the 2021 NFL Draft with a variety of picks, including the No. 5 selection. Some mock drafts have them selecting an offensive lineman with the pick to help protect QB Joe Burrow. Others have them taking LSU WR Ja'Marr Chase since Burrow doesn't have an elite pass-catching weapon.
If that's the case, the Bengals could end up drafting an offensive lineman in the second round. After all, they did surrender 3.0 sacks per game last season (27th) and could use someone talented to help lower that number.
Keeping that in mind, here are three offensive linemen that the Bengals could target in Round 2 if they draft Ja'Marr Chase.
1. Alex Leatherwood, OT, Alabama
Alabama's Alex Leatherwood is about as versatile as an offensive lineman can get. The 6-foot-6, 312-pounder can play both tackle and guard, meaning the Bengals could move him around wherever needed. Over his last three seasons with the Crimson Tide, Leatherwood allowed just 5 sacks and 9 quarterback hits on 2,550 offensive snaps. If the Bengals want to protect Burrow for the foreseeable future, they should have their paws all over Leatherwood in Round 2.
2. Samuel Cosmi, OT, Texas
If the Bengals go with Chase in Round 1, there's a good chance that they can find Texas Longhorns OT Samuel Cosmi available at No. 38. Standing at 6-foot-7, he would bring much-needed size to the Bengals' O-line. He received a 90.7 passing-blocking grade on ProFootballFocus, meaning Burrow should have ample time to throw as long as Cosmi's in the lineup. Plus, he can play both sides of the position which is useful considering how important versatility is in today's NFL.
3. Wyatt Davis, OG, Ohio State
Wyatt Davis' draft stock projects him to be a second- or third-round pick, meaning the Bengals should have an opportunity to draft him. The Buckeyes guard primarily slots in on the right side and had a 66.3 overall PFF grade last season. It's a little bit disappointing, but Davis has potential. He suited up in 14 games for Ohio State in the previous season and didn't allow a single sack or quarterback hit. If The Bengals believe that Davis can get back to that level of play but on an NFL field instead, they could select him in Round 2 or 3.
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