Round 1: Cedric Ogbuehi – OT, Texas A&M
The Bengals’ plan heading into 2015 was to create depth along the offensive line, specifically at the tackle position. Looking at possibly losing All-Pro Andrew Whitworth and former first-rounder Andre Smith, Marvin Lewis and staff attacked this need pretty quickly.
Ogbuehi was the Bengals’ first pick, selected 21st overall. Many Bengals fans seemed to disapprove of the Bengals’ selection, as Ogbuehi wasn’t being mocked incredibly high due to an ACL injury suffered a few months before the draft. Ogbuehi ended up suiting up for five games this season and definitely showed some glimpses to what we can expect from the pride of Allen, Texas. Still battling back from an ACL injury, I expect we aren’t even close to seeing what Cedric will bring to this team in 2016 and beyond.
Round 2: Jake Fisher – OT, Oregon
You can summarize Jake Fisher’s season by one sentence: “Number 74 is reporting as eligible.” All joking aside, Fisher definitely proved to be a solid utility player who can both block and catch. Fisher was quite the athlete coming out of Oregon, and the Bengals did their best to use those athletic abilities. In the Week 2 against the San Diego Chargers, offensive coordinator Hue Jackson dialed up Fisher on a play action pass from Andy Dalton where he gained 31 yards. Later in the season after Ryan Hewitt suffered a rough knee injury in the Week 16 game vs the Denver Broncos, the Bengals plugged Fisher in at H-back, where he ended up playing through Week 17 against Baltimore and the Wild Card game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, paving the way for Jeremy Hill in the run game. With Andre Smith all but gone, Fisher could end up battling Ogbuehi for the starting role at right tackle in the 2016 season.
Next: Rounds 3-4