Bengals draft Georgia’s No. 18th overall pick, OT Amarius Mims. What to know…

Following an unprecedented start to the 2024 NFL draft, which saw a record-breaking 14 offensive players selected in the opening round, the Cincinnati Bengals opted to stay put at No. 18 and secure Georgia offensive tackle Amarius Mims.

Standing at an imposing 6 feet 8 inches and weighing 340 pounds, Mims emerged as one of the premier right tackle prospects in the draft, making him an ideal choice for a team grappling with the departure of Jonah Williams in free agency.

With only Trent Brown currently slated as the starter on the right side for the upcoming season, Mims arrives as immediate backup support and presents a promising option for long-term starting potential along that edge.

The Bengals’ preference for towering figures in their edge prospects is evident, with Mims joining the ranks of Trent Brown (6’8”, 355 pounds) and Orlando Brown (6’8”, 345 pounds).

Heading into Thursday night’s opening round, the Bengals faced significant needs along both the offensive and defensive lines, though bolstering all facets of the defense and providing additional weapons for quarterback Joe Burrow remained viable options.

Upon taking the stage, the Bengals found themselves in a scenario where most of the draft’s elite defensive players and a select few offensive linemen were still available, with Byron Murphy being a notable exception.

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