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Cincinnati Bengals: Draft Prospects to Watch at the NFL Combine

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 05: Outside linebacker Jabrill Peppers of Michigan prepares to run the 40-yard dash during day five of the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 5, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 05: Outside linebacker Jabrill Peppers of Michigan prepares to run the 40-yard dash during day five of the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 5, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /
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BOISE, ID – SEPTEMBER 10: Offensive lineman Andre Dillard #60 of the Washington State Cougars battles defensive end Jabril Frazier #8 of the Boise State Broncos during second half action on September 10, 2016 at Albertsons Stadium in Boise, Idaho. Boise State won the game 31-28. (Photo by Loren Orr/Getty Images)
BOISE, ID – SEPTEMBER 10: Offensive lineman Andre Dillard #60 of the Washington State Cougars battles defensive end Jabril Frazier #8 of the Boise State Broncos during second half action on September 10, 2016 at Albertsons Stadium in Boise, Idaho. Boise State won the game 31-28. (Photo by Loren Orr/Getty Images) /

The Bengals offensive line graded out poorly last season by pro football focus. Their highest graded lineman was Clint Boling with a 61.9 grade. For the Bengals to compete in a wide-open AFC North, this position group is top priority.

  • Andre Dillard- The talented four-year starter is an exceptional athlete that should test well at the combine. Dillard has good footwork within his pass sets and can make all of the blocks. The Bengals have Cordy Glenn at left tackle, Dillard can force him to the right side or play opposite of Glenn to protect the edges for Andy Dalton.
  • Cody Ford- Built Ford tough is a great slogan for Mount Cody from Oklahoma. He stands at 6’4 330 lbs, pairing his powerful frame with surprising athleticism. Ford is a bit raw to start at tackle but can fit right in immediately as a guard. Either way, his punishing style would help give the Bengals front line a new attitude.
  • Michael Dieter- Versatile, versatile, and versatile is the best way to describe the Wisconsin lineman. Dieter has double digit starts at left tackle, left guard, & center. He has experience in a pro style rushing offense and athletic ability to protect in passing sets. He needs to work on functional strength to anchor against stronger defenders, but he can fill different holes along the Bengals offensive front.
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