Round 2: Travis Swanson, C, Arkansas
With Mike Pollak becoming a free agent, the Bengals certainly need offensive line depth. Not only that, but Travis Swanson could be best player available for the offensive line and an improvement over starting cetner, Kyle Cook. While Swanson’s size seems small, he has great feet and uses his hands exceptionally well while blocking.
He shows a great burst off the line of scrimmage and knows how to use his hands to get defenders at bay. His biggest strength is his pass blocking, sliding into the gap quickly and controlling the defender. Swanson excels and helping his teammates finish blocks, as at times defenders skewed away from him because of difficulty.
While excelling in pass blocking, he is also admirable in run blocking. He uses his quick power to get the defender moving and uses it to his advantage. At times, he ends up on the ground on running plays. This is something he will need to get cleaned up in the NFL, but is not too big of a problem as he will work on fundamentals throughout the offseason.
He must continue to keep his feet moving in run blocking, as is why he ends up on the ground. However, once he gets his feet moving, he can go into the second level of the defense and continue to block for his teammates. Not stopping until the whistle, Swanson often times helps out his guards and shows great instincts when he must disengage to help out his teammates in blocks.
Swanson has immense potential and would be a great asset to this offensive line that so badly needs depth. Another benefit is that Swanson also has the ability to play left guard if needed, giving him versatility on the line.