3 Ways The Bengals Can Fix The Running Game

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Oct 22, 2016; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers running back Leonard Fournette (7) runs past Mississippi Rebels linebacker DeMarquis Gates (3) during the second half of a game at Tiger Stadium. LSU defeated Mississippi 38-21. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 22, 2016; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers running back Leonard Fournette (7) runs past Mississippi Rebels linebacker DeMarquis Gates (3) during the second half of a game at Tiger Stadium. LSU defeated Mississippi 38-21. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mar 3, 2017; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers offensive lineman Adam Bisnowaty squares off in the mirror drill against Indiana Hoosiers offensive lineman Dan Feeney (right) during the 2017 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 3, 2017; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers offensive lineman Adam Bisnowaty squares off in the mirror drill against Indiana Hoosiers offensive lineman Dan Feeney (right) during the 2017 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports /

Draft Offensive Lineman 2+ Times in Rounds 2-6

You may wonder, why don’t you have the Bengals taking an o-lineman in the first round? Well, no o-lineman is worth the #9th pick right now. The Bengals have eight picks between rounds 2-6 and those picks which can be used to revamp the line. In the second round, I would strongly consider picking up Forrest Lamp or Dan Feeney if those guards are still available.

An offensive tackle in the 2nd round wouldn’t be bad either, depends on who’s available. If someone like Cam Robinson or Garrett Bolles miraculously falls to the 41st pick, that’d be a steal. A realistic option would certainly be Taylor Moton who is most likely to be available at that point.

According to his NFL Draft Profile:

"A bear with strong paws. Plays tend to end for defender once he latches on. Functional climbing to second-level target. Bull rushers won’t bully him very often."

Something that Cedric Ogbuehi struggled with was the bull rush. Moton would be a plus there. Not only does he possess the ability to defend with power but also to be a versatile part of the team. The Bengals love versatility and Moton has the experience playing as a right guard and also tackle for Western Michigan.

One player that I would certainly look at during rounds 3-5 is Aviante Collins. He’s a bit raw but is probably the most athletic offensive linemen in the draft. Collins has the ability to finish his blocks and good footwork, although he does lack some power which can be addressed once in the league. His athletic ability and speed portray tons of upside for him and I wouldn’t mind him as a project in the later rounds.

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