Anthony Muñoz hopes the Bengals draft Penei Sewell

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In 1980, the Bengals drafted offensive tackle Anthony Muñoz with the third overall pick in the NFL draft. That worked out so well that the Bengals announced today that Muñoz will be one of the first two members of their Ring of Honor. Now Muñoz is urging the Bengals to use another high pick on another offensive tackle.

Muñoz said today that he’d like to see the Bengals use the fifth overall pick in the draft on Oregon offensive tackle Penei Sewell. As Muñoz sees it, the Bengals’ franchise quarterback needs a good offensive line in front of him more than anything else.

“If my name was Joe Burrow, I’d be pretty happy,” Muñoz said of the possibility that Sewell will be blocking for Burrow.

The first three picks in the draft will definitely be a quarterback, and the fourth pick might be, so the Bengals may get their choice of the best non-quarterback in the draft. Most draft observers think that’s Sewell, LSU wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase or Florida tight end Kyle Pitts.

If it’s Sewell, it’s almost impossible to think he could have as good a career as Muñoz, who is one of the best offensive linemen in NFL history. But perhaps Sewell could be the second-best offensive tackle in Bengals history.

9 responses to “Anthony Muñoz hopes the Bengals draft Penei Sewell

  1. No QB can pass from the seat of his pants and no WR or TE is going to be able to do his job and also stop a Aaron Donald, JJ or TJ Watt from getting to the QB.

    A good offensive line makes EVERYBODY better and a GREAT offensive line makes you competitive year in and year out,

    Other than your QB skill positions don’t and are easily replaceable in the context of a TEAM.

    Why don’t Coaches and GMs (and ESPECIALLY OWNERS) get that.

    I watched Munoz play. If he says the kid can block the kid can block and a QB you want to lead you for a decade needs an OL leader who is going to be around for a decade.

  2. The problem is the Bengals don’t look at these picks as solutions for winning games. They look at them as how they can save every penny possible. In response to the post above, absolutely. Look at those Bengals teams when Paul Brown was in charge–specially the years the 80s when they went to (and almost won) two Super Bowls. They had a formidable offensive line and a pretty good defensive line too. Mike Brown, for whatever reason, let his two starting tackles leave in free agency several years ago and has done nothing to replace them–NOTHING. They have what looks to be an elite QB in Burrow but without an offensive line he can only do so much until his (lack of an) offensive line gets him injured. I used to live in Cincinnati and I was there both years they went to the Super Bowl (and when Reds won the World Series–I went to game one) but what Mike Brown has done to that team is criminal. It’s a shame too. They were pretty good in the 80s and the town was bonkers over them. It’s been a long time now and the only thing the fans get now is more taxes to subsidize the Bengals yet they can’t even field a competitive team. It’s sad.

  3. In the ‘70s and ‘80s, the Bengals went to the playoffs a total of 7 times. They went 5 times in the first half of the last decade, so the notion that they haven’t fielded “a competitive team” is laughable. And only the Bengals would be lambasted for not paying a 35-year-old Tackle $10 million per year (Whitworth) when they’d just spent two high picks on the same position, and one of those picks (Ogbuehi), had a consensus around the league that he would’ve been a top-5 pick if he hadn’t been injured his last year in college. There’s plenty to criticize Mike Brown for (like continuing to employ Zac Taylor), but he operates a team the same way his dad did. Don’t forget that Paul Brown ran Bill Walsh out of town, in favor of some guy named Tiger Johnson. Please stop using the same lazy narratives about the Bengals.

  4. Andrew Whitworth by the way is STILL playing so it’s not like he was washed up. However, you made my point in that the Bengals will save money every chance they get. Why spend $10M on a tackle when you can draft one in the seventh-round and pay him peanuts. The only reason they went to the playoffs lately is because Marvin Lewis was the coach. He did an incredible job while he was there especially when you consider coaches like Dave Shula (five seasons with a 19-52 record), Bruce Coslet (5 yrs 21-39), and Dick LaBeau (3yrs, 12-33). That’s thirteen years and a 52-124 record. Tell me again how they are trying to win? Lewis did miracles.

    Also, what Mike Brown has done to the taxpayers should be criminal. If you don’t believe me, google it.

  5. Normally I would agree but the Bengals have a chance to reunite maybe the most prolific college passing duo ever while already having 2 pretty good tackles.
    Chase looked elite, AT 19, so I don’t think they would ever regret the pick.
    Plus Burrow is campaigning for him.

  6. I don’t know I’m leaning chase. Hear me out, we have 2 starting tackles right now, we really need interior line and there’s good depth in this draft. I just can’t see passing up on the guy who set records with burrow in college, they’ve obviously got a great relationship and chase looks like the elite talent justified as a top 5 pick. I say go interior line in rounds 2-4 and pick up chase at 5. My 2 cents.

  7. People forget how good Munoz was. I watched his entire career and remember him giving up 2 sacks in 13 years.

  8. Chase is gonna have to win a bunch of 10 yard 50-50 jump balls because if they don’t find a way to protect Burrow that’s about all the farther Chase will be able to get down the field before someone is sacking Burrow. I can’t find any rankings that call Jonah Williams or Reilly Reiff a top 25 tackle, which means an upgrade there will be helpful. Williams or Reiff can play guard if Sewell beats them out, or Sewell can play guard to adjust to NFL speed.

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