Justin Gilbert and Others Being Mocked to the Cincinnati Bengals

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Nov 9, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish offensive tackle Zack Martin (70) blocks at the line of scrimmage against Pittsburgh Panthers defensive lineman Shakir Soto (52) during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh won 28-21. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Chris Roling on Bleacher Report mocked offensive tackle Zack Martin of Notre Dame to the Bengals.

The Bengals would like to avoid taking a lineman in the first-round by re-signing Anthony Collins. The market for his services may take him out of the Bengals’ price-range, and if he does leave, a guy like Martin may hear his named called by Cincinnati.

Martin started four seasons for the Irish at left tackle and showed steady improvement each season. He could come in and be groomed to replace Andrew Whitworth when he retires.

But is a first-round pick worth it for a player who might not play meaningful snaps in 2014? Plus, a solid senior year combined with a good showing at the Senior Bowl last week has Martin’s stock rising to the point he may be off the board at No. 24.

The 6-foot-4, 305-pound lineman rotated between left tackle and left guard while showing excellent technique and good footwork while controlling the likes of Aaron Donald and Ra’shede Hageman, two potential first-round defensive tackles.

Short arms (32″) and less-then-ideal strength could lead him to getting bullied in his rookie year, but he’a got a bright future ahead of him.

The irony of all three of these players is that ESPN’s Mel Kiper ranks them as the 17th (Gilbert), 18th (Dennard) and 19th (Martin) ranked prospects on his big board.



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