What To Expect From Bengals’ Rookies In 2012

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May 22, 2012; Cincinnati, OH USA; Cincinnati Bengals guard Kevin Zeitler (68) during organized team activities at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-US PRESSWIRE

Round 1, Pick 27 – Kevin Zeitler, G, Wisconsin

Zeitler, I believe, will have the greatest impact on this team more so than any other rookie this season. He is already being plugged in at a starting guard position on the offensive line, and will be a key factor in revamping the running game and protecting quarterback, Andy Dalton. Zeitler played in a similar scheme onWisconsin’s offensive line and shouldn’t have any major problems transitioning into the Bengals system. Look for Zeitler to be an opening day starter, and barring any injuries or set backs, remain there for the duration of the season.

Round 2, Pick 53 – Devon Still, DT, Penn State

The Bengals will continue their strong rotation on the defensive line in 2012. Still will be a very key factor in that by backing up Geno Atkins at the 3-T spot. Still will not be an every down player and will mostly be used to give Atkins a rest or to be installed in certain specialty packages on the line. Still will see a good amount of snaps this season and should very much help out the line in run support and quarterback pressures. Don’t expect to hear his number called a significant amount of times on any given Sunday, but I don’t doubt that if you watch his tape, you will see him being disruptive on many plays when he is given the chance.

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Topics: AFC North, Bengals, Brandon Thompson, Dan Herron, Devon Still, Dre Kirkpatrick, George Iloka, Kevin Zeitler, Marvin Jones, Mohamed Sanu, NFL, NFL Draft, NFL Draft, Orson Charles, Shaun Prater

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