The tape on DeCastro and Zeitler is almost identical. Both guards are incredibly physical in the run game and can pull very well. Both have the power to knock back defensive linemen and linebackers to make space for the running game. They both have the talent to protect second year quarterback Andy Dalton in the passing game as they have both proven on their tape.
Let’s compare the measurables:
DeCastro: height: 6’5″, weight: 316 lbs., arm length: 32.75″, hand length: 10″.
Zeitler: height: 6’4″, weight: 314 lbs., arm length: 32.75″, hand length: 10.25″.
That comparison is practically as equally matched as you can get. Along with the tape of these two guards, it’s become very easy to see why the Bengals had them ranked equally. The last part of the equation, and possibly the most important, is that Zeitler played guard for Wisconsin. The Badgers offensive line runs a very similar scheme to that of the Bengals. There will be a much smaller learning curve for him to come in and learn the playbook. They feel that he is very capable of being an opening day starter, and at the end of the day, that’s what we all wanted.
Now that they moved back 6 picks and still got their guy, they have an extra third round selection from New England. This gives the Bengals two options. Keep the pick, and draft another potential starter, or package the pick with another and move up in the second round to take either a wide receiver or running back that they may have their eye on. The ‘Zeitler Trade’ has given this team enough ammo to continue to be a force for the duration of the 2012 draft.