Apr 24, 2013; New York, NY, USA; NFL draft prospect Menelik Watson interviews at the NFL Play 60 Youth Football Festival at Chelsea Waterside Park. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Bengals Almost Drafted Florida State Tackle Menelik Watson


The Cincinnati Bengals were able to eliminate a massive hole on their offensive line after they re-signed Andre Smith to a 3-year deal yesterday, and it came just in the nick of time.

Kevin Goheen of Fox Sports Ohio got to talk with Bengals offensive line coach Paul Alexander today, and he revealed that tackle was an immediate need for the Bengals had Andre Smith not re-signed, and it was in the form of Florida State’s Menelik Watson


That means the Bengals would have either taken him in Round 1 and missed out on Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert, or Round 2 and missed out on North Carolina running back Giovani Bernard. Not only that, but they would have an unproven Watson replacing a Pro Bowler in Smith.

Alas, all well in Bengaldom as the team wraps up another solid NFL Draft.


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