2025 NFL Mock Draft

Selection Comment - Pick #25

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Cincinnati
Dani Dennis-Sutton
25

Penn State

EDGE



Maybe it is the coaching. An annual occurence, the Bengals are once again looking to fix their offensive line. The team added aging, oft-injured Trent Brown in free agency on a 1-year deal. When on the field, Brown plays well (80.2 PFF grade in 2023). Then the Bengals used their RD1 pick on Amarius Mims in the Draft. Last year the team added stud left tackle Orlando Brown in free agency, but Brown ultimately suffered the worst season in his 6-year career, with a 66.1 PFF grade, surrendering 7 sacks and 59 pressures for a 95.1 pass-blocking efficiency. Draw your own conclusions.

With QB Joe Burrow back at the helm, and Tee Higgins joining Ja'Marr Chase for one more year, the Bengals are once again Super Bowl contenders. But the team will need to cut down on the 50 sacks surrendered in 2023. Team sack stats from 2023 show a clear correlation between sacks allowed and wins.

Looking ahead to the 2025 Draft, the Bengals biggest needs at this point look like WR and Edge. The team added Jermaine Burton in the 2024 Draft, and has Charlie Jones and Andre Iosivas from 2023, but none look like a replacement for Tee Higgins - should Higgins walk. With Chase likely commanding $35M per annum when his new contract drops, lat's face it there's no cap space for Tee.

Star edge defender Trey Hendrickson (17.5 sacks in 2023) requested a trade a few months ago, signifying some discontent with HC Zac Taylor's philosophy. However he's reported to training camp and is saying all the right things. One paper the Bengals have a solid group for 2024, with Hendrickson and Sam Hubbard, along with 2023 RD1 pick Myles Murphy. GM Duke Tobin could add another edge rush specialist high in the 2025 Draft, as both Hendrickson and Hubbard hit free agency in 2026.




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