Round 3 (Pick 87): Sebastian Tretola – Guard, Arkansas
6-foot-5, 334 pounds
While the Bengals already possess two young, talented guards in Clint Boling and Kevin Zeitler, adding a third certainly wouldn’t hurt. Cincinnati didn’t field a backup guard on its roster in 2015–mainly due to the versatility of Jake Fisher and Eric Winston.
But with Ogbuehi and Fisher almost certain to get more reps–and the Bengals likely moving on from Winston–the Bengals will need depth on the interior of their offensive line. A lineman who could play swing guard/center would be nice here, but history shows that the Bengals don’t give up on their players (Russell Bodine) very quickly. If Bodine struggles in his third season, Cincinnati could move on next year–but as of now, he’s likely still safe.
Tretola is an absolute beast in the running game. At 334 pounds, the guy knows how to make impact blocks. The Razorbacks ran for 2,565 yards and 31 touchdowns in 2015, and Tretola’s presence on the line was one of the key factors in helping Arkansas develop such a stable and potent running game.
In drafting Tretola, the Bengals would have three solid offensive tackles (provided that Andre Smith leaves in free agency), three great guards, a decent starting center and possibly, a few more backups on the practice squad.
And if Tretola is gone or the Bengals decide on keeping a versatile line, Tretola could be replaced with an interior swing lineman here.
Next: Round 4