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Selection Comment - Pick #18

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Cincinnati
Amarius Mims
18

Georgia

OT



There has obviously been some negative buzz surrounding the Bengals over the past 24 hours, with both Tee Higgins and Trey Hendrickson requesting trades. But Cincinnati didn't panic here, taking the best pure tackle on the board.

Sure, Mims has some boom or bust potential, given his lack of experience and injury concerns, but the traits are there for an elite tackle -- and you can't complain about that at pick 18.

Jer'Zhan Newton also warranted consideration here, but the Bengals are clearly committed to protecting Joe Burrow. When he's on the field, they can beat anyone. Mims should help keep him on the field, even if he needs a year to develop. Having gotten their tackle -- arguably their biggest need -- Day 2 targets include Ja'Tavion Sanders, Ja'Lynn Polk, and Ruke Orhorhoro. Grade: A-

- Gabe Kamins, Ravens Analyst




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