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Cincinnati Bengals Mock Draft Roundup 3.0

Throughout the year and leading up to the 2021 NFL draft, we will update our Cincinnati Bengals Mock Draft Roundup showing picks for the Cincinnati Bengals from several prominent sites and draft analysts.

The following are picks in recent mock drafts for the Bengals:

EDSFootball - Hanson (1/1)

5. Ja'Marr Chase, WR, LSU

Fans may prefer Sewell (and Sewell returned the love via social media) to protect Joe Burrow, Northwestern offensive tackle Rashawn Slater could be a consideration here. With Chase, however, the Bengals reunite Burrow and his former top target, the 2019 Biletnikoff Award recipient. Even though Chase opted out of 2020, he would have been the WR1 in last year's elite receiver class as well.

San Diego Union Tribune (12/31)

5. Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern

It would be a personal affront to Joe Burrow if owner/GM Mike Brown doesn't pick an offensive lineman in the first round. I'm not sure Slater rises this high, so it would make more sense to trade down for him, but he's not a bad consolation prize if Brown misses out on Sewell. He handled Chase Young as a junior while playing left tackle and didn't allow a single sack the entire season. He's versatile and talented enough to play all five offensive line positions. Unfortunately for the Bengals, he can't do it all at once. Slater opted out of this season due to COVID.

Touchdown Wire - Schofield (12/31)

5. Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon

The Cincinnati Bengals made Joe Burrow the face and the future of their franchise last season.

But they could not protect him.

So it makes a great deal of sense to find someone who can. Even though a few recent wins have the Bengals sliding down a few spots in the draft, with the way the board falls they still see the top tackle in this class drop into their lap. They should run to the podium in this scenario.

PFF - Gayle (12/29)

5. Ja'Marr Chase, WR, LSU

A Burrow-Chase reunion is in order for Cincinnati if they do indeed fall out of the Sewell sweepstakes. The former LSU wideout is currently PFF's No. 1 wide receiver and No. 5 overall player in the 2021 class. He also earned the third-ranked PFF receiving grade (91.3) in college football at just 19 years of age as a true sophomore in 2019.

CBS Sports - Wilson (12/29)

5. Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern

The Bengals just win, baby! They've now reeled off two in a row and in the process find themselves with the No. 5 pick, which means they're almost certainly out of the Sewell sweepstakes. Slater isn't a bad consolation prize, however, in part because he was so solid at tackle in 2019 (he opted out in 2020), and he has the versatility to play guard and even center.

Pro Football Network - Miller (12/26)

5. Ja'Marr Chase, WR, LSU

Comfortable. Everything you do as an organization with a young quarterback should be to facilitate comfort. There is no connection in the history of college football more prolific than Chase and Burrow on that championship team in 2019.

Chase lacks freak physical attributes, but he is a strong finisher above the rim and as a route runner. He is comfortable in tight windows, through contact and is a wonder in the air. Expect some “Get the Gat” flair from the two after their first touchdown hookup.

PFF - Renner (12/23)

3. Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon

They might as well hand in the card now. The Bengals already had fans in the stands openly opining for Sewell with their signage on Monday night. He's the best offensive tackle prospect we've scouted in our seven years of doing this -- and he won't even turn 21 until next fall.

Bleacher Report - Miller (12/22)

3. Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern

This would be a nightmare scenario for the Bengals with Sewell off the board, but considering Slater a consolation prize would be a disservice to him and his game. In fact, multiple area scouts and scouting directors I've spoken to recently believe Slater is the best offensive tackle in the class.

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