With countless mock drafts and every team and prospect being analyzed in every aspect, Thursday’s NFL Draft can not come soon enough. The Bengals are no different. We are pretty sure of what positions they should attack based on need, depth, and free agency. The only problem is that their are 20 other teams ahead of the Bengals and “the who” is still the question until the 21st pick on Thursday night in Chicago.
Ryan Ratty of our sister site, NFL Spin Zone, recently posted a great article breaking down why Andrus Peat would make sense for Cincinnati and I couldn’t agree more. Andrus Peat is a very intelligent guy, he did go to Stanford after all, and he fits what the Bengals are looking for regarding size and ability. He even draws a comparison to current Bengals tackle Andrew Whitworth. Investing in him makes sense in many regards as he would offer the team depth at first, but eventually should fill a starting role; both Whitworth and Andre Smith scheduled to hit free agency after this upcoming season.
Let’s take it even a step further. Our very own Derik Sturgill has the Bengals taking him in the first round of his latest mock draft. Peat is a strong presence and I have confidence that he will learn and adjust to the NFL game before his number is called for a starting role whether it is this season (due to injury) or next.
If he falls to the 21st pick, it would be almost disappointing for the Bengals not to take Andrus Peat. He fits every aspect of the Bengals’ future and current depth needs for the offensive line. He will be an asset to any team who takes him both in the present and future.