Bengals Monday Roundup: 2015 NFL Draft

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Apr 30, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Cedric Ogbuehi (Texas A&M) poses for a photo after being selected as the number 21st overall pick to the Cincinnati Bengals in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

The Cincinnati Bengals used all nine picks they had in the 2015 NFL Draft to fill both their immediate and future needs. The Bengals entered the draft needing safety, offensive line, and pass rush help and they got every bit of that, and even a couple of steals along the way.

The Bengals chose Cedric Ogbuehi, an offensive tackle out of Texas A&M, in the first round and it left us scratching our heads at first. He’s recovering from a torn ACL, and was a projected second rounder by though he probably would have been a first-round pick if not for injuries. He has a solid frame and once getting comfortable with his knee again, should be able to learn the Bengals’ system and protect Andy Dalton late in year one or as a starter in year two of his career.

They then turned to another offensive tackle in the second round, Jake Fisher out of Oregon.  They got another big lineman who can play all over the line. Fisher was believed to be a borderline first-round pick and fell at the Bengals feet at 53. He was arguably the best healthy offensive tackle available and even more, came from a NFL-ready system in Oregon, protecting second overall pick, Marcus Mariota.

The third round addressed two needs: tight end and outside linebacker. First, Tyler Kroft, a tight end from Rutgers, got the nod from Mike Brown and Marvin Lewis; in Kroft, they got the opposite to Tyler Eifert. Tight end was a significant position of need since the Bengals moved on from Jermaine Gresham in free agency.

Second, they chose TCU’s Paul Dawson to add another weapon at linebacker who would be ready right out of the gate for Paul Guenther’s defense. He was the last pick in the third round, but at one time was a projected second rounder.

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