Cincinnati Bengals: Top Three 2020 NFL Draft Needs

The Cincinnati Bengals have not reached the NFL playoffs the past four seasons and could use a big change at quarterback, especially since the draft is on its way in the next month.

The Bengals haven’t won a playoff game since 1990 and every playoff appearance afterward came in the wild card round (seven WC losses).

Since Cincinnati has the No. 1 overall pick in the ’20 draft, everyone has been saying they will select LSU quarterback and national champion Joe Burrow.

Of course, they could always trade the pick and stockpile a bevy of picks, but without further adieu let’s dive into the needs for last season’s worst NFL team.


Joe Burrow – LSU

The Cincinnati Bengals need to use their first pick on a QB, especially since Burrow looks like a franchise-caliber signal-caller.

Last season, Burrow looked poised and was accurate with the pigskin. He also was no stranger to the big play and collected 60 touchdowns, while only tossing six interceptions.

There’s not much to not like about his game.

Tua Tagovailoa – Alabama

Tua has good arm strength and has been accurate with the ball, but he was also poised and looked like a leader during his Bama days.

He looks and sounds like a franchise quarterback and even though he may not end up in Cincy, he’s a nice 1A to Burrow.

Offensive line

Quarterbacks of the Cincinnati Bengals were sacked 48 times last season, which obviously calls for immediate action, especially if Cincy does take Burrow at No. 1.

Josh Jones – Houston

The 6-5, 319-pound tackle has room for improvement but has good speed to help him move upfield and he has the ability to power through defenders.

If Cincy is willing to work with him he can be a stable force in the trenches.

Ideally, a team selecting Jones should have a mobile QB, since Jones has struggled to maintain his blocks for a long period of time.

There’s no telling who will be available when the Bengals make their second pick of the draft, but Jones might have to be under consideration.

Isaiah Wilson – Georgia

Wilson is entering the NFL Draft after only two years in the college ranks, but he looks ready for the pro game.

The Georgia tackle can hold his pass block really well and he also has good footwork and hand placement.

For a player to leave the Bulldogs after 25 games played might sound crazy, but Wilson should be fine. The Brooklyn (N.Y.) native is also 6-6 and 350 pounds.

Pass rusher/linebacker

The Cincinnati Bengals could use another pass rusher after only having 31 sacks as a team last season.

With Ben Roethlisberger, Lamar Jackson and Baker Mayfield in the AFC North, it makes sense for Cincy to add some pop to their defense.

Jonathan Greenard – Florida

Greenard has a great motor and he has exceptional speed.

The Florida Gator is also tough and will find a way to hit the opposing quarterback.

The Bengals could use him at linebacker and also make different packages so his only assignment will be to chase down the opposing QB.

Greenard is 6-3, 263 pounds and played well in his only year as a Gator.

After playing three seasons at Louisville (2015-17), Greenard took a year off in 2018, before producing 10 sacks in ’19 at Florida.

Darrell Taylor – Tennessee

Taylor can wreak havoc at 6-4, 267 pounds and has shown he can get to the passer.

Last season with the Vols, Taylor posted 8.5 sacks after having 8 sacks in ’18. He also has six forced fumbles on his college resume.

Taylor will find a way to be involved during a play and his NFL future should be a productive one.

With so much noise surrounding other AFC North teams, it’s time the Cincinnati Bengals rise up.

What do you believe are the Bengals draft needs? Leave a comment below.

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