Bengals prioritizing protecting Joe Burrow by selecting Minnesota OT Daniel Faalele 31st overall
The Cincinnati Bengals miracle playoff run fell just short of its goal when they lost to the Los Angeles Rams in the Super Bowl. The loss doesn’t take away the two-year turnaround and the fact that quarterback Joe Burrow looks as advertised.
If the Bengals are able to fix their roster holes, they should spare Burrow the same fate that Dan Marino faced with the Miami Dolphins. Marino made just one Super Bowl his sophomore season and never went back.
Burrow was the most sacked quarterback in the NFL and was sacked seven times in the Super Bowl. The last play of the game was an Aaron Donald pressure that effectively made it impossible for Burrow to get off a good ball.
They’ll need to upgrade the offensive line and taking Minnesota offensive tackle and certified giant Daniel Faalele would be a good start. At 6-foot-9, 379 pounds, Faalele is one of the biggest players in college football history, meaning he’ll likely be one of the biggest players in NFL history.
He is still somewhat of a raw player, but he’s one of the best right tackles in this class. The Bengals would benefit from replacing Isaiah Prince and targeting guards in free agency.
The Bengals offensive weapons are loaded and the defense is much better than given credit. Fixing the offensive line could give the Bengals 15+ years of Burrow instead of less than ten.