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Week in Review: Ranking Each Bengals Rookie by Impact

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Oct 14, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals guard Kevin Zeitler (68) during a game against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Cleveland won 34-24. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

1. Kevin Zeitler OG

Zeitler has been absolutely having an amazing season for the Bengals. He has been a great pick for the Bengals and may be the best rookie O-lineman this season. He’s barely made mistakes and you can’t tell it’s his first year. He has done a great job protecting Andy this year and his efforts this season may be enough to send him to Hawaii. The Bengals took a lot of heat drafting him over Decastro but it looks like they made the right decision. It looks like Zeitler will hold down that guard spot for a long time and I see many pro-bowls in his future.

2. Vontaze Burfict LB

Vontaze had his share of problems in college but it seems like the Bengals have truly fixed him. The Bengals found gold this year with undrafted free agents and Burfict leads the pack. He might be the Bengals best linebacker this season and will almost definitely be the starting middle linebacker next season. He is very gifted, freakishly athletic, and has had no problems with his character this year. He has gave this defense a huge lift and has been a pleasure to watch.

3. Trevor Robinson C

Another undrafted free agent, Robinson has played a huge part in making this Bengals offensive line one of the best in the league. After Kyle Cook went down, he competed for the starting center spot with Jeff Faine and quickly won out the job. He was so good while Cook was out, that even with Cook healthy he has been splitting time with him. He has actually been playing better than Cook this season and won’t lose the center spot without a fight. His play has been huge and without him, the Bengals would have been stuck with underachieving Faine.