Last season, the Cincinnati Bengals’ offensive line ranked 24th in the NFL in run blocking and 20th in pass protection, per Football Outsiders. Right tackle Jake Fisher missed half the season, and left tackle Cedric Ogbuehi finished as Pro Football Focus’ 70th-ranked tackle.
The Bengals may also use that No. 22 pick on a tackle like Notre Dame’s Mike McGlinchey or Connor Williams of Texas.
Problem solved, right Maybe not.
Chubb would be a curious fit for a 3-4 after playing as a 4-3 down lineman in school, but as was the case with JPP, the scheme fit matters less than ever before and shouldn’t preclude you from keeping around a superstar edge rusher if the talent and availability are there.
There’s obviously still a chance that the Giants take a quarterback and that the JPP move is unrelated, although that would be strange given how they’re trying to win now. If they don’t want a quarterback though, they’re suddenly open for business in a very big way with the second overall pick. They can get Chubb without running any risk by toying with the Jets, who have to now be terrified that somebody will leap ahead of them and trade into the second overall spot. If they can extract another high pick from the Jets to move up from third to second overall, the Giants can still take Chubb at No. 3, get him on a cheaper contract and pick up another selection as part of a deal.
Cowboys wide receiver Cole Beasley thinks the team asked Prescott to do too much last season, per Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News.
He was still making plays all the time, Beasley said. Last year, we asked him to be Superman and relied on him so much. When things broke down he was making plays scrambling. A lot comes with filling some spots maybe where we were weaker and stuff like that.
Alternatively, if the Giants are just in the market to add talented players and aren’t attached to Chubb, they are well-positioned for a much bigger haul. We know the Jets are taking a quarterback at No. 3, but any team who thinks there are two franchise passers in this year’s class (or feels confident that the Browns are taking Sam Darnold) can move ahead of Gang Green by trading with the Giants.