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With the 5th Overall Pick, the Cincinnati Bengals Select…..

  • 2021 NFL Draft
  • AJ Green
  • Cincinnati Bengals
  • Joe Burrow
By Tyler Reid January 5, 2021 0 Comment
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The Cincinnati Bengals begin their offseason journey. It is Mock Draft Time!

The 2020 season for the Cincinnati Bengals has finally ended and they finish the year with a (4-11-1) record. It is time to look toward the offseason. Three of the four AFC North teams made the playoffs. The Bengals team suffered major injuries this year. However, they were also outcoached and outmatched in the majority of their losses. It is time to get the rebuild going. The Bengals have secured the 5th overall pick this year!

The team has several needs that have to be addressed through free agency or by the draft. In reality, the only position they do not need to upgrade is Quarterback. Unfortunately, their star, Joe Burrow, suffered a major injury cutting his season short. Bengals fans are hopeful that Burrow can return sooner than later. Only time will tell how quickly he will recover from a lengthy knee injury.

Using PFFs mock draft simulator, this will be the first four rounds for the Bengals. The simulator lets you set up a variety of different settings. Trading up and down is even a possibility during the mock “live” draft. Check it out at

Round 1 – 5th Overall

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With the 5th-overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Cincinnati Bengals select Linebacker Micah Parsons, Penn State. In this mock, Lawrence, Fields, Chase, and Sewell went in the first four picks. This is the worst-case scenario for Bengals fans. If this happens on draft day, the Bengals may opt to trade back if they have their eyes on another player. Parsons though is a very solid pick for the Bengals. With Josh Bynes not under contract, this would put a very young and talented linebacking core on the field. Parsons took the 2020 season off due to Covid.

In 2019 Micah Parsons was named Big Ten’s Linebacker of the year and was MVP in the Cotton Bowl. Parsons had 109 tackles, five sacks, and four forced fumbles. He graded out very well in terms of rush defense, tackling abilities, and pass-rushing according to PFF. This is not the pick most Bengals fans would want here at five. However, Parsons can be a difference-maker on the field and add to an already young and talented Linebacker room. With Germaine Pratt, Logan Wilson, Akeem Davis-Gaither, and Markus Bailey, the future would be bright for them.

Round 2 – 37th Overall

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With the 37th-overall pick, the Cincinnati Bengals select Offensive Tackle Rashawn Slater, Northwestern University. So far this draft is going very interesting. Selecting Slater here means their first two picks are players who opted-out of the 2020 season. WR Chris Olave was on the board here as well, which would also be in consideration, as the Bengals need help stretching the field.

In 2019, Slater was a beast. He graded over 87.0 by PFF standards in each pass and run blocking. He also did not get charged with any sacks allowed and only had four hurries allowed on the year. This type of play would drastically improve the Bengals O-line instantly. Slater may not be around in round two, as several draft experts have him as first-round talent.

Round 3 – 69th Overall

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With the 69th-overall pick, the Cincinnati Bengals select Defensive Lineman Alim McNeil, North Carolina State. McNeil played three seasons at NT for NC State. Each year he has improved his skills, and 2020 was no different. He graded out as the third-best interior defensive linemen with an overall score of 90+. This could be a huge addition to a Bengals defense who just finished the year allowing opponents to gain almost 150 yards-per-game on the ground.

Round 4 – 106th Overall

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With the 106th-overall pick, the Cincinnati Bengals select Wide Receiver Jonathan Adams Jr, Arkansas State. Adams was named Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Year as well as Associated Press All-American 2nd team. He hauled in 78 of his 121 targets for 1,106 yards and 12 touchdowns. All of these rank in the top five across the nation. The Bengals need some outside help with A.J. Green likely to walk away this offseason without a contract in place. Adams can be a new weapon for Joe Burrow and fight for playing time opposite Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd if AJ Green and John Ross III are not retained.

Overall Grade

For the first mock of the offseason, there were no trades on the board. PFF even ranks your mock draft when complete. This received a B+. Fans may not be extremely happy with the draft, as a lot of people want that “sexy” pick at #5. Although, the start of this mock definitely helps fill some needs right away. Hopefully, the Bengals stay active in free agency and that will assist them in solidifying their picks in the 2021 draft.

Mock Draft Grade from PFF

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