Skip to main content

Penei Sewell or Ja'Marr Chase? Dave Lapham Makes His Prediction for Bengals' Fifth Pick

Lapham is the best at predicting what the Bengals are going to do in the draft

CINCINNATI — The debate about who the Bengals should take with the fifth pick has been going on for months. 

Some believe they should draft LSU wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase, while others say Oregon offensive lineman Penei Sewell would be the better selection. 

Radio analyst Dave Lapham is famous for accurately predicting the Bengals first round pick over the years. From Kevin Zeitler to Tyler Eifert, he's been right much more than he's been wrong. 

Lapham made his prediction on the latest Bengals Booth Podcast.

"I'm almost 50/50, I'll be honest with ya. I'm almost 50/50, but I am going to go Sewell," he said. "It's like 1 and 1a and I can almost reverse them [Chase and Sewell]. If you've got a chance to solidify your offensive line with a guy like him and if he starts out inside at guard so be it."

Lapham acknowledged the offensive line depth in this draft and understands why the Bengals may go the other way and take Chase at five. 

"These guys are freakazoids athletically. The numbers that Chase put up 4.3's in the 40-yard dash, 11-foot broad jump, 41-inch vertical—I mean that's ridiculous," Lapham said. "When you watch him on tape he throws guys around. When guys are trying to get their hands on him he dismisses them." 

After a few minutes of back and forth with Dan Hoard, Lapham jokingly jumped ship because of how close it is between Chase and Sewell.

"They did sign Riley Reiff. They still have guys that they can work and develop. They did sign Quinton Spain," Lapham said jokingly. "I'm going Chase. I could go Chase so easily." 

At the end of the day, Lapham picked Sewell. He believes the Oregon lineman could come in and start at right guard in year one and eventually play tackle in the future. 

Will both Chase and Sewell be available when the Bengals are on the clock at No. 5? Who will they take? 

We'll get our answer on Thursday night. Listen to Lapham's entire conversation with Hoard below. 

For the latest on free agency and the NFL Draft, bookmark AllBengals and check out some of our other articles below.


You May Also Like:

Sewell or Chase? Here's the Latest on the Great Debate

OL Breakdown: A look at the Offensive Linemen That Could Be Available in Round 2

Analyzing the Bengals' Four Biggest Needs Before the Draft

Former Bengals Receiver Questions Zac Taylor

Watch: Tee Higgins Looks Explosive in Offseason Workouts

Bengals Bolster Offense in 7-Round Mock Draft

Medical Issues Causing Terrace Marshall to Fall Down Draft Boards

Here's the Latest on Joe Burrow's Recovery

Joe Burrow Comments on Gruesome Scar

The Bengals' New Jersey Numbers Are Here!

Look: Bengals Win Total For 2021 Season Released

Bengals Players React to New Uniforms: "My Mind Was Blown"

Watch: Bengals Explain Key Details About New Uniforms

Joe Burrow Chimes in on Bengals' New Uniforms

Ja'Marr Chase Earns Big Time Praise From Former O-Lineman

Ugly Stat Shows How Much Zac Taylor and the Bengals Have Struggled

The Bengals Should Go After Former Pro Bowl Defensive Tackle

Bengals' Potential Target Impresses Ahead of 2021 NFL Draft

Ja'Marr Chase Discusses Potential Reunion With Joe Burrow

How Sewell, Chase and Pitts Stack Up in Latest Prospect Rankings

Scroll to Continue

Read More

How Duke Tobin Compares to Other NFL General Managers

Analyst Names Two "Ideal" Draft Picks For Bengals

Bengals Show Interest in Division II Speedster

Does Maurice Hurst Make Sense for the Bengals?

A Decade Later, Bengals Find Themselves in a Familiar Draft Window

Watch: Ja'Marr Chase Training Like a Cyborg to Prepare for Life in the NFL

Bengals Bolster Offense in SI Team Publisher Mock Draft

Insider Believes Bengals Have Made Decision Between Sewell and Chase

NFL MVP Odds: Joe Burrow in the Mix

Key Stat Shows How Important Receivers Are in Bengals' Offense

Bengals analyst on Sewell vs Chase: “Will they get substance or will they get shine?”

Joe Burrow is "Locked in" During Recovery

NFL Evaluator Has Big Time Praise for Ja'Marr Chase

The Ja'Marr Chase Story Every Bengals Fan Should Read

Dave Lapham Weighs in on Sewell vs Chase

Is a Number Change Coming for Tee Higgins?

Anthony Muñoz Chimes in on Bengals' Fifth Pick, Thinks Burrow Will Be Happy

How Does Penei Sewell Compare to 2020 Offensive Line Draft Class?

Former NFL General Manager Believes Bengals Have Easy Decision With No. 5 Pick

Duke Tobin Sheds Light on O-Line and Wide Receiver Depth in 2021 NFL Draft

Bengals Legend Has Eyes on BIG Lineman to Protect Joe Burrow

NFL Teams Expect Bengals to Pick Penei Sewell

Watch: Penei Sewell Goes Through Four Stage Workout

Longtime Bengals Assistant Endorses Ja'Marr Chase

Analysts Simplify Ja'Marr Chase Vs Penei Sewell Debate

Scouts Rave About Ja'Marr Chase Following Pro Day Workout

Another Big Board Has Sizable Gap Between Penei Sewell and Ja'Marr Chase

This is a Great Film Breakdown of Penei Sewell

NFL Draft Big Board: Big Gap Between Sewell and Chase

This is a great film breakdown of Penei Sewell

Penei Sewell vs Ja'Marr Chase: Team May Have Tipped Their Hand

One NFL Team Believes Bengals Will Take Ja'Marr Chase at No. 5

Should Bengals Consult Joe Burrow About Fifth Pick in NFL Draft?


Be sure to keep it locked on AllBengals all the time!

Subscribe to the AllBengals YouTube channel
Follow AllBengals on Twitter: @AllBengals

Like and follow AllBengals on Facebook