2021 NFL Draft: Lead Analyst Provides Offensive Lineman – Wide Receiver Analysis

Published 04/12/2021, 3:33 PM EDT


The 2021 NFL Draft class boasts some major talent. There are multiple players who deserved to go in the first round but might be available in the second due to the massive potential surrounding these youngsters. The quarterback department, in particular, involves names such as Trevor Lawrence (Clemson Tigers), Mac Jones (Alabama Crimson Tide Football team), Justin Fields (Ohio State), and Zach Wilson (BYU Cougars).

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Jan 1, 2021; New Orleans, LA, USA; Clemson Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) attempts a pass against the Ohio State Buckeyes during the second half at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

But there are numerous other options apart from these lads, in various positions. Each NFL team has its own set of requirements in the build-up to the 2021 NFL Draft. But ESPN expert Mike Greenberg has an important message that might affect how the draft pans out next month.

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Mike Greenberg makes an interesting assessment ahead of 2021 NFL Draft

Speaking on the latest segment of Get Up, host Mike Greenberg had some words of invaluable advice for teams looking to draft a wide receiver or offensive lineman this summer.

“When faced with the choice between taking an elite receiver or an elite offensive lineman in an NFL Draft, NFL teams should take the lineman 100 out of 100 times and not look back. There are a number of reasons for that. The biggest offensive tackles always pan out in the NFL draft and wide receiver actually has the lowest hit rate of any position in the entire National Football League,” Greenberg said on the show.

Jan 5, 2021; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver DeVonta Smith is announced the winner of the 2020 Heisman Trophy. Mandatory Credit: Kent Gidley/Heisman Trophy Trust via USA TODAY Sports

One team who will be keeping a close eye on these comments is AFC North franchise, Cincinnati Bengals. They own the 5th overall pick at the upcoming NFL Draft later this month.

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They are interested in potential moves for a strong wide receiver (De’Vonta Smith or Ja’Marr Chase) to support quarterback Joe Burrow. The latter played alongside Chase during his LSU days.

But they could also move for highly-rated offensive lineman Penei Sewell to protect Burrow. Who do you think the Bengals will pick at #5 overall? Tell us in the comments section below.

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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