1. Cincinnati Bengals
The Cincinnati Bengals selected quarterback Joe Burrow with the first overall pick in 2020’s draft. While it seems like Cincy has found their franchise quarterback, they forgot to protect him adequately and he suffered a season-ending injury.
Even though Burrow is ahead of his recovery schedule, the Bengals can’t afford to give him inadequate protection and need to make upgrading the left side of their offensive line a priority this offseason.
The jury is still out on left tackle Jonah Williams but Cincinnati could give the left guard position a boost this offseason. Michael Jordan, a fourth-round selection in 2019, was the Bengals’ starting left guard for most of the 2020 season. He started ten games and appeared in 68 percent of the team’s total snaps on defense. However, he earned a paltry 55.7 Pro Football Focus grade overall grade and a 40.8 pass-blocking grade. Moreover, he gave up three sacks and 35 total pressures.
The Bengals are projected to have $40 million in cap room this offseason and director of player personnel Duke Tobin already say they’re going to take advantage of the amount of cap space they will have at their disposal. For that reason, trading for Andrew Norwell makes sense.