Cincinnati Bengals: Identifying Weaknesses and Attacking Them in the NFL Draft

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Nov 17, 2012; Starkville, MS, USA; Arkansas Razorbacks center Travis Swanson (64) during the game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Davis Wade Stadium. Mississippi State Bulldogs defeated the Arkansas Razorbacks 45-14. Mandatory Credit: Spruce DerdenUSA TODAY Sports

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Travis Swanson from Arkansas has great size and pushed around SEC defenses for four years.

He started all 50 career games at center for Arkansas, but he’s also open to the idea of being adept at both center and guard in order to increase his marketability to NFL teams.

That means he could come in and challenge Clint Boling for playing time at left guard if he can’t beat out Cook at center.

Remember, Boling is coming off a torn ACL, so there’s a good chance he won’t be 100% when the season opens, and Swanson could open the yer as the starting left guard, especially with Mike Pollak departing in free agency.

Bryan Stork from Florida State also has very good size and athleticism. Both are second to third round projections and the two highest ranked centers in the class by many scouting services.

Both are going to be playing in the Senior Bowl this week on the South squad. If the Bengals do decide to draft a center this year, it should be one of those two, preferably Swanson.

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