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AFC North Positional Rankings: Offensive Line

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Nov 30, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; Cincinnati Bengals tackle Andrew Whitworth (77) against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

3. Cincinnati Bengals

LT: Andrew Whitworth

LG: Clint Boling

C: Russell Bodine

RG: Kevin Zeitler

RT: Andre Smith

PFF Pass-Blocking Ranking: 6th

PFF Run-Blocking Ranking: 6th

PFF Penalties Ranking: 6th

Cincinnati’s offensive line is consistently great, and it would have been even better in 2014 if Andre Smith hadn’t suffered a season-ending arm injury. Andrew Whitworth was the best left tackle in football in 2014, only allowing nine pass disruptions and mauling the way for the NFL’s best rookie running back while not allowing a single sack all season long. He was even selected to PFF’s 2014 All-Pro second team. On the other end, Smith was an upper-echelon starting right tackle before enduring his injury; however, replacement and NFLPA commissioner Eric Winston exceled as the starting right tackle after the Bengals endured five horrible games from Marshall Newhouse.

At guard, the Bengals are set, with Clint Boling signing a five-year offseason extension and Kevin Zeitler receiving his 2016 team option from Cincinnati. Zeitler, a first-round pick in 2012, is due for a huge season in 2015, per offensive coordinator Paul Alexander. He’s already become a quality starter, earning an honorable mention for Pro Football Focus’ All-Pro team, so even more progress from Zeitler could be huge for the Bengals.

After selecting Cedric Ogbuehi and Jake Fisher in the first two rounds of the 2015 draft to add tackle depth, Cincinnati’s only problem looks to be at center. Russell Bodine is entering his second season, and the Bengals need him to show some serious progress. Bodine showed some progress towards the end of 2014, but he will need to keep that progress going to prove his worth to the Bengals. If he can progress, Cincinnati could have the NFL’s best offensive line in 2015.

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