National Signing Day: Who the Cincinnati Bengals Need to Sign

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Dec 29, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals tackle Anthony Collins (73) against the Baltimore Ravens at Paul Brown Stadium. Bengals defeated the Ravens 34-17. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Anthony Collins 

AC didn’t allow a sack and only allowed 12 pressures this year as a full-time starter over the second-half of the year.

his run-blocking did leave something to desire, but he is a great blindside protector that is highly-valued in today’s pass-happy NFL.

All the moving obviously didn’t help his numbers but could be a great reason why the Bengals should do what they can to keep him.

Collins made a good utility player as he also played a number of different positions, situational TE, RT in place of Andre Smith, and LT in place of Andre Whitworth when he was injured and was pushed to left guard to replace and injured Clint Boling.

According to Pro Football Focus, Collins graded-out as the No. 24 offensive tackle (+14.0) out of 76 eligible players.

His stock may become too rich for the Bengals as the franchise tag may cost them a little over 11 million for 2014. He may be priced reasonable for a starter somewhere, and the market for his services will determine if the Bengals are able to re-sign him.

Priority: AC should be No. 1 on the Bengals’ big board in terms of importance and attempting to sign. Before they talk with any current player or an outside free agent, Collins needs to receive all of the attention.

Prediction: Collins will be starting for a team, and rightfully so, but I don’t see it being Cincinnati next year.

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