NFL insider weighs in on direction Bengals lean with 5th pick
The teams selecting at the top of the NFL Draft never just take the best player available. More variables go into the decision than that, including how these teams view the rest of the draft. After all, there are six more rounds that follow the first round.
That in itself has become a primary reason behind Ja’Marr Chase’s argument for the Cincinnati Bengals. the LSU wide receiver became the favorite to go fifth overall and meet Joe Burrow.
Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated is among those who believe Chase will be the choice (although he created an out for himself) because he knows Cincinnati is considering which offensive linemen will be available in the second and third rounds. He also mentioned that LSU staff believe Chase is indeed joining the Burrow team.
The Bengals sent Chief of Staff Duke Tobin to LSU Pro Day, and Coach Zac Taylor’s only pro days this year have been in Florida and Oregon. I also know for the team that part of the equation has been what might be available to them at # 38 and # 69 – in other words, if Chase is the choice, then which editors will be there more. late, and vice versa? And another thing that’s interesting, and I’ve heard this from a few people, is how the folks at LSU seem confident that Chase is going fifth. For now, I would go with the chosen Chase here, while reserving the right to change my mind.
If – and at this point, when – the Bengals take Chase, they’ll surely target at least one offensive lineman right after round one. Staff members Duke Tobin and Steven Radicevic both hinted at the depth of this offensive line class this offseason, which is very well accepted in the scouting world. It makes sense that this would influence their decision to ultimately select Chase over Oregon offensive tackle Penei Sewell.
The LSU belief is interesting, but we have no way of knowing how true it is. Chase has obviously spoken to the Bengals and the school should be in tune with their draft prospects. Maybe someone important knows something.
We’re running out of days for this conversation to be relevant. The NFL Draft kicks off this Thursday at 8:00 p.m. EST, and it can’t get there early enough.