2021 NFL Draft: Cincinnati Bengals Executive Doesn’t Want to Be ‘Overly Greedy’

Published 04/06/2021, 4:40 PM EDT
Sep 13, 2020; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) throws from the pocket in the first quarter of the NFL Week 1 game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Los Angeles Chargers at Paul Brown Stadium in downtown Cincinnati on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020. Mandatory Credit: Sam Greene/Cincinnati Enquirer-USA TODAY NETWORK


Cincinnati Bengals started their 2020 NFL campaign with a spark in their eyes. The Zac Taylor-coached franchise created waves by picking up the Heisman Trophy winner, Joe Burrow, as the 1st overall pick at the 2020 NFL Draft.

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The former LSU man made a strong start to his NFL career. However, his debut season with the Bengals did not go as per plan.

Nov 22, 2020; Landover, Maryland, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) is carted off the field after injuring his left knee against the Washington Football Team in the third quarter at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

As pictured above, Burrow was forced to leave the field after hitting the ground hard while playing the Washington Football Team. A series of scans later revealed that the youngster had suffered an MCL injury and severe trauma to his knee.

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He was sacked 32 times last season. That shows how poor the Bengals offensive line was in 2020. The Bengals currently possess the 5th overall pick in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft.

But can they improve on that by bringing in a promising star this summer?

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How will Joe Burrow’s Cincinnati Bengals fare in 2021?

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Duke Tobin is the Director of Player Personnel for the Cincinnati Bengals. He spoke about the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft but refrained from taking names of interesting prospects.

He said, “We feel we’re in a good spot. We’re going to be careful not to be overly greedy and get out of a spot where we maybe lose a premier player and we feel like can get one of the premier players in this draft.

“We feel there are enough guys with the fifth pick in the draft to get a real guy that we feel comfortable with. And hits in a position of need.

“There are guys that will be available in the second, third rounds that have starter grades on them. Maybe they’ll last longer than that, too.

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“It’s a position group we’ve been focused on and we think having healthy guys there and the addition of Riley Reiff, we think we’re in a better spot than we were and there’ll be additions,” Tobin told the team’s official website.

As per the latest reports, Zac Taylor is keen on strengthening his O-line by drafting Oregon State star, Penei Sewell. Despite opting out of the 2020 NCAA season, Sewell is the highest-rated offensive lineman in the draft pool.

They could also reunite Burrow with his former LSU teammate, Ja’Marr Chase. The University of Florida tight end, Kyler Pitts, is also a potential pick at #5. Either way, coach Taylor and his team have an important call to make at the end of April.

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