2015 NFL Draft: Cincinnati Bengals Grades and Analysis

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Sep 20, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Texas A&M Aggies offensive linesman Cedric Ogbuehi (70) looks to block Southern Methodist Mustangs linebacker Robert Seals (30) at Gerald J. Ford Stadium. Texas A&M beat Southern Methodist 58-6. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

OT Cedric Ogbuehi, Texas A&M

In the first round the Bengals selected Texas A&M product Cedric Ogbuehi. While watching the draft, I wasn’t very happy with this pick. Pre-injury Ogbuehi would have been a top 10 pick, but due to his knee I believe he would have fell to at least the third round. If we are judging the player before the injury, then the Bengals got a great player and a future starter for the next decade, though there is no guarantee that he comes back from his knee injury and dominates they way he did in college.

Another reason why I didn’t like this pick initially is because safety Landon Collins was still on the board. Beyond Collins, several other players who could’ve helped the Bengals in 2015 were available: Shane Ray, Malcom Brown and Bud Dupree. Other than Ray, each one of these players is healthy and likely starters from day one. With this year being so important for Marvin Lewis and the organization, I thought the Bengals would finally draft a impact player in the first round and not a player who will be riding the bench his first season.

As I looked deeper into the pick, if Ogbuehi regains his pre-injury form, it was a great pick for the Bengals. However, if he doesn’t, this pick will be considered not only a bust, but a reach, due to the fact that there were so many other talents on the board. I do believe that Ogbuehi will return to form because he has the advantage of an essential “redshirt” year due to the Bengals penchant for sitting their rookies.  Ogbuehi will enjoy time to learn from two of the best tackles in Andrew Whitworth and Andre Smith.

Selection Grade: B

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