19. Cincinnati Bengals: Ikem Ekwonu, OT, NC State
So much was made of the Cincinnati Bengals skipping on Penei Sewell this offseason but that criticism has died down thanks to the way Ja’Marr Chase has played. The rookie wideout has 60 receptions for 1,035 yards and 10 touchdowns — and he has four games left to play.
Of course, there is still a need for a new offensive tackle and that’s the focus in this mock as they take Ikem Ekwonu from North Carolina State at No. 19. Listed at 6-foot-4 and 320-pounds, Ekwonu is described by Joe Marino of The Draft Network as “one of the most dynamic blockers in the country.”
He lauds Ekwonu’s tenacity and power, which will help him stand out for the Bengals as they continue to build their roster around Joe Burrow.
20. Philadelphia Eagles (via Indianapolis Colts): Jordan Davis, DT, Georgia
On the clock for the third, and final time, is again the Philadelphia Eagles. This time, it’s with the selection they earned in the Carson Wentz trade. With their former quarterback playing more than 75 percent of the snaps thus far, it seems all but a lock the Eagles will get this pick — and they again focus on defense with the selection of Jordan Davis.
Fletcher Cox has been a star on their defensive line for years but he’s a bit long in the tooth now. Enter Davis, a 6-foo-6, 345-pound defensive tackle who is able to shut down the run but also can penetrate from the interior as a 3-tech.