Bengals draft looks very weak without Jonah Williams

Tommy Jaggi

Jonah Williams was one of the best offensive lineman in college football last season. The 21-year old offensive tackle from Alabama seldom lost a matchup and was considered a lock to go in the top half of the first round. 

Pro Football Focus even went on to label him 'worthy of a top-5 selection' in the 2019 NFL Draft. In April of this year, they wrote an article explaining why Jonah Williams was the 'complete package'.

However, with Williams now out for the season after having surgery to repair a torn labrum, the Cincinnati Bengals draft class looks incredibly underwhelming. 

Second round draft choice, Drew Sample, was a player that many thought would go on day three of the draft. Some say he was drafted 2 to 3 rounds higher than he should have been. 

Linebacker Germaine Pratt wasn't considered nearly as big of a reach, although there were many mixed opinions on when he should be drafted. Much of the same was said about quarterback, Ryan Finley. 

Renell Wren and Michael Jordan were both deemed pretty solid picks by most, and it's always hard to judge players at the end of the draft. 

I'm not sure if there is another draft in the league that looks as bad on paper as what the Bengals came away with in 2019, now that Jonah Williams won't be suiting up.

There is good news, however. Williams doesn't turn 22 until November, and still stands to be a huge part of the offense moving forward. But for this season, it's going to be hard to count on a lot of rookie contributions from the gate. Let's hope that the Bengals draft is better than we have been giving it credit for. 

Comments (4)
No. 1-2

They didn’t have much of a chance this year. Hopefully they get a good pick because next years draft class should be loaded

Jared Martin
Jared Martin

It looked weak BEFORE the injury to Jonah, but now...

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