If the Bengals picked up an offensive lineman in the first round, we would probably hear some more groans and moans, especially after Cedric Ogbuehi, round one, and Jake Fisher, round two, coming in last season. However, there is a need in the center of the offensive line between a guard and/or center.
Kevin Zeitler is headed to free agency in 2017, unless they are able to get a reasonable deal done before then. He is scheduled to make $8 million in 2016, probably not going to make that though in his next contract. The Bengals could find just as good for less money and save the cap space.
The difficulty with picking an offensive guard or a center is that there isn’t many first round talent in this years draft. In fact, outside of Cody Whitehair and Ryan Kelly, there really isn’t a first round draft grade on any other inside offensive lineman.
The only thing is, Cody Whitehair and Ryan Kelly are both expected to be there when the Bengals pick at 24. This means that they could get an interior offensive lineman with a first round draft grade, with probably little issue if they want to. Obviously, this isn’t as much of a priority as maybe a defensive back, but it is an investment that should be made if the right player is there.
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