Sep 8, 2012; Winston Salem, NC, USA North Carolina Tar Heels center Russell Bodine (60) plays in the game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at BB&T field. Wake defeated the Heels 28-27. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Russell Bodine joins Cincinnati Bengals in Round 4


The Bengals did something we rarely see, move up to get a player they want. Trading with the Seahawks for the 111th pick to get Russell Bodine, a center from North Carolina.

Bodine is known for his versatility. He can play center or guard. He will essentially take over Anthony Collins role in this offense. He is strong and aggressive on the offensive line and has been profiled as a good run blocker. He also had the most reps in the combine with 42 bench press reps at 225lbs.

NFL.com has his weakness as a short area blocker and doesn’t see the field as well as some other lineman in the draft. That doesn’t mean much when you are a trench style offensive line.

He also is very familiar with the run style of Giovani Bernard, since they are both UNC products. This could possess an advantage when it comes to Bernard’s comfort with running behind the line this year. Something that I think Bernard struggled with and bounced more to the outside in his runs.

He will need some refining and help to develop his downfield sight, but overall the Bengals bring in a solid run block player. I think he could make a difference but may not be the immediate starter that they may have gotten in round 1 or 2.

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