The calendar has turned to March and while NFL free agency begins in less than three weeks, the 2021 NFL Draft isn't far behind.
The Bengals currently hold the No. 5 pick in the draft and they have plenty of intriguing options. Take a look at who the analysts and draft gurus are pairing the Bengals with the No. 5 overall pick.
Penei Sewell - OT Oregon
Charley Casserly - NFL.com
Analysis: "Getting the best offensive tackle in this draft class should help."
Daniel Jeremiah - NFL.com
Analysis: Kyle Pitts is an attractive option, but the Bengals need to make protecting Joe Burrow the priority.
Mel Kiper Jr. - ESPN
Analysis: "The 2019 Outland Trophy winner has everything teams want in a franchise left tackle. Even though he didn't play last season, his tape from the previous two years is enough to make him the top tackle in this class."
Todd McShay - ESPN.com
Analysis: Sewell -- who opted out of the 2020 season -- is a game-changing tackle.
Pete Prisco - CBS Sports
Analysis: Sewell didn't play last year, but he is outstanding and that could mean Jonah Williams moves to the right side.
Ryan Wilson - CBS Sports
Analysis: The Bengals would love for Sewell to fall to them here and there's a decent chance it happens as teams jockey for QBs at the top of the board.
Danny Kelly - The Ringer
Analysis: Big, physical, trench dominator; a plug-and-play left tackle who excels both as a pass protector and as a run blocker
Austin Gayle - Pro Football Focus
Analysis: The former Oregon Duck is a generational offensive tackle prospect who earned PFF grades in 2019 that we've never seen from an underclassman in the PFF College era (2014-20).
Check out a gallery looking back at some of the notable players the Bengals have taken in the first-round of the NFL Draft through the years.
Eric Eager and George Chahrouri - Pro Football Focus
Analysis: While we still think the Bengals need a receiver (everyone does), a prospect of Sewell's quality at this price is superior.
Drae Harris - The Draft Network
Analysis: Cincinnati protects their franchise quarterback and gets him the best offensive lineman in the draft.
Luke Easterling - Draft Wire
Ja'Marr Chase - WR, LSU
Chris Trapasso - CBS Sports
Analysis: The Burrow and Chase connection reunites in Cincinnati.
Analysis: "Drafting Chase not only addresses the only real hole we saw in Joe Burrow's game as a rookie — the deep ball — it also reunites the Bengals quarterback with his favorite target from 2019 when he turned in the greatest single-season performance in college football history."
Anthony Treash - Pro Football Focus
Analysis: Chase's physicality and release package are NFL-ready, and those two strengths equated to massive success against press coverage.
Doug Farrar - USA Today
Analysis: Chase is as clean a player as you'll find in this draft class. He doesn't have any discernible flaws, and the things that stand out — ridiculous strength and determination from the line of scrimmage to the catch point to after the catch, outstanding route awareness, and sudden acceleration at the second level — really stand out.
Kyle Pitts - TE, Florida
Chad Reuter - NFL.com
Analysis: If the Bengals go with the Florida product, it would be the third time in the past 12 drafts that they selected a tight end in the first round (Jermaine Gresham in 2010, Tyler Eifert in '13).
Lance Zierlein - NFL.com
Analysis: Pitts has a chance to be a generational talent and a relentless nightmare for opposing defenses.
Dane Brugler - The Athletic
Analysis: Pitts would give Joe Burrow and Cincinnati a unique mismatch weapon.
Micah Parsons - LB, Penn State
Nate Davis - USA Today
Analysis: "A versatile defender like Parsons – he's a very capable run defender in a division where the Browns and Ravens like to keep the ball on the ground – would help remedy the defense."