So I’m watching NFL Live tonight and here comes more from Michael Smith, the same guy who got Bengalsdom in a lather with his prattle about the Eagles’ interest in Chad Ochocinco.
This time the subject was running backs, and Smith held forth on the possibility that the Bengals would use the No. 6 overall on OSU’s Chris “Beanie” Wells. The Bengals want to upgrade their running game, he said, and could go with Beanie in the first.
Seems unlikely to me, especially in the wake of the Gary Russell signing, but of course you can never rule out anything when Mike Brown is involved.
More interesting, at least to me, than the chatter about Beanie was Smith’s contention that Cincinnati was comfortable enough with its current offensive linemen that they may go elsewhere in the first. B.J. Raji was mentioned again.
Smoke? Maybe. Random media speculation? More likely. But I’ve wondered myself about how the Bengals feel about Anthony Collins, and if they do indeed believe he can hold down the fort at left tackle, Cincy could stun everyone at six.
For the record, I’m not opposed to Collins at LT. He played well last year, especially for a junior tossed into the fire due to injury, and there’s no reason not to expect him to raise his game further in 2009. If he’d stayed in school for his senior year, we could easily be talking about him as a first-round pick next Friday; he slipped to the fourth only because of the strong OT class last year. So, if you think you can get your right tackle — assuming the Bengals think they need a RT — in the second, Collins and Russell open up options at six.