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Cincinnati Bengals Fill Crucial Holes In 3 Round Mock Draft

This season was not what Cincinnati expected back in September; they kept having bad injury luck and couldn't pull it all together without Joe Burrow under center. The good thing is Burrow and Chase are under contract; the bad news is the offensive line still needs improvement. Jonah Williams and Tee Higgins might hit free agency.


I don't think they can keep them both and extend Chase. They are going to need some more team-controlled pieces they can develop in the draft, so that is the route I took when selecting these picks.


Round 1 Pick 18: Tailese Fuaga Tackle Oregon State

Fuaga can be a plug-and-play right tackle from day one. He is a run game specialist but has the length and balance to hold up pass protecting even in the early parts of his career. The ideal scenario is that the Bengals can keep WIlliams and have Fuaga grow into his role and be used in heavy packages or in case of injury.


Joe Burrow has taken an incredible beating during his short career in Cincy. That front office has to continue making every attempt to keep him upright and healthy moving forward.

"Fuaga has long arms that allow him to survive as a pass protector on the edge, and Fuaga typically plays with good balance. Plays with natural leverage and has the strength to anchor against the bull rush. He also packs a violent initial punch that can stand up pass rushers. Hand placement is excellent, and he shows a good understanding of angles when climbing upfield." NFLDraftBuzz.com

Making a pick like this is just good business. Continuing to stack trench talent is the best way to improve now and in the future. Fuaga is a great investment to protect Burrow and improve the run game.


Round 2 Pick 50: Devontez Walker WR UNC

This is one of my favorite landing spots in the whole mock draft. What better way to potentially replace Tee Higgins than with a player I compared to Tee Higgins? Walker is 6-3 and has enough speed to make big plays downfield, but that isn't the best part of his game. He is the most dangerous when he gets the ball in his hands. He averaged 17 17-yard catches in college and was Drake Maye's go-to weapon.

"He’s a fluid athlete with excellent short-area quickness; he should be able to create separation, and he has the straight-line speed to threaten down the seam. Has a tall frame and long arms, plus strong hands, giving him a huge catch radius. When used downfield, he shows the ball-tracking skills and hand-eye coordination to make the adjustment on underthrown balls and back-shoulder throws."

If the Bengals somehow signed both Williams and Higgins this offseason, then Walker could come in and compete against Tyler Boyd for a slot role. I know that Andrei Iosvias, Trenton Irwin, and Charlie Jones made plays this year, but Walker could be a star in the making, especially with Burrow slinging the rock at him.


Round 3 Pick 82: Cade Stover Tight End Ohio State

The Bengals have been piecing it together at the tight end position for years, and I think Stover could be the answer to that puzzle. He won't be a superstar, but he will be a plus player at the position and finally give the Bengals something they have been lacking.



Irv Smith and Hayden Hurst have been good players with limited potential, and Stover at least gives them a chance at untapped potential. Stover also shared the field with Marvin Harrison JR, Garrett Wilson, and Chris Olave, so he knows how to operate as one of the later reads in a play.

"Can break tackles, run through defensive back tackle attempts and convert short passes into long gains. He can be nearly unbeatable on contested-catch opportunities, not only because of his length and explosive leaping ability but also because of his strong hands and outstanding body control. An excellent blocker on the outside, he also adds value in the running game." NFLDraftBuzz.com

He can be a mismatch against linebackers and a safety valve for Joe Burrow. He has strong hands and is a great contested catch player because of his ability to high-point the ball. Stover is one of the better blockers in the class, which gives him great versatility to help in both the run game and keeping Burrow up right when he needs to block.


End Of Rant

The Bengals have some serious contributors who are coming out of contract year; whether they resign them or not, each of these selections has value to the organization. Fuaga, Walker, and Stover could be the next great crop of offensive skill players that Joe Burrow elevates to a deep playoff run.


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