The latest mock draft from USA TODAY Sports' Nate Davis has the Cincinnati Bengals taking Florida Gators tight end Kyle Pitts with the fifth overall pick in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft in April.
Davis' explanation of the Bengals' first-round pick in his mock draft:
Another team that could go in a number of directions, but the priority should be putting more talent around Burrow – and that could mean O-line help ... or it could mean adding a playmaker like Pitts. The 6-6, 239-pounder caught 43 balls in 2020, averaging 17.9 yards per reception and finding the end zone 12 times. And given how the Chiefs' Travis Kelce continues to illustrate what a dominant tight end can do for an offense, why shouldn't the Bengals take a chance on a guy who could do a lot of damage between WRs Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins?
Earlier this week, the first 2021 mock draft from ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. had the Bengals taking Oregon offensive tackle Penei Sewell at No. 5. Kiper has compared Sewell to Pro Football Hall of Famer and former Bengals great Anthony Muñoz.
The Enquirer's Tyler Dragon examined five options for the Bengals with the No. 5 overall pick.
Pro Football Focus' latest mock draft had the Cincinnati Bengals opting for receiver Ja'Marr Chase - Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow's teammate at LSU - with the first-round pick.
The most recent NFL.com mock draft had the Bengals taking Northwestern offensive tackle Rashawn Slater instead of Sewell at No. 5, with Sewell falling to the Dallas Cowboys with the 10th pick.
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