National Analyst Hearing Mixed Messages About Bengals' Fifth Pick in 2021 NFL Draft

Will the Bengals take Penei Sewell or Ja'Marr Chase?
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CINCINNATI — The 2021 NFL Draft is just two days away, which means the Bengals have to make up their minds about the fifth pick. 

Will it be Oregon offensive lineman Penei Sewell or LSU wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase? ESPN's Todd McShay heard Sewell was the favorite to be the pick and wrote as much on Monday morning, but that changed during his appearance on the Ryen Russillo podcast. 

"Cincinnati's going to be really interesting at No. 5. I've heard two sides of it and I don't know what to believe," McShay said. "I've heard that Ja'Marr Chase, the LSU receiver who set an single-season record for receiving yards and receiving touchdowns in 2019 when he was paired up with Joe Burrow could be the pick there, but I've also heard some people say that they think Penei Sewell the left tackle from Oregon is gonna be the pick. So it kinda goes back and forth. I heard Sewell for a long time, but then this weekend I talked to a couple of people that really believe that Chase could be the pick to make Joe Burrow happy."

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It wouldn't be shocking to see the Bengals take Chase. NFL insider Malik Wright has said for weeks that Cincinnati was leaning in that direction. 

The Bengals have two great options at No. 5 and they both fill major voids on their current roster. Sewell would likely be their starting right guard on day one. Chase would step in and become the downfield threat they were missing on offense last season. 

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