The Cincinnati Bengals have picked up offensive tackle Isaiah Prince off waivers. Here, we look at what he brings to the offensive line room.
The Bengals decided to make a rare transaction on the waiver wire today, picking up offensive tackle Isaiah Prince. Prince was recently released by the Miami Dolphins after being selected in the fifth round of the 2019 draft.
The former Dolphin spent his college days close by at Ohio State. He entered college as a high profile recruit, ranking as a 4-star prospect. He hit the ground running, becoming the first freshman of his class to lose his black stripe, signifying he was officially a part of the team. Soon after, he secured a starting spot at right tackle to begin his true sophomore season. He went on to be named a team captain his senior year and anchor a line that saw a lot of success.
Adding the former Buckeye seems like a wise move for the Cincinnati front office. They are badly lacking talent in the offensive line room. Prince’s college experience at right tackle gives them a young player with some upside and versatility at one of their weakest positions.
His massive frame (6’7″, 310 pounds) and youth gives him plenty of room to develop into a good player for the Bengals. He will have time to hone his craft in the background too, as the Bengals likely won’t force him into action this season.
Cincinnati has also been linked to offensive line coach Bill Callahan due to his son, Brian Callahan, being the Bengals offensive coordinator. The elder Callahan is known as one of the best developmental offensive line coaches in the league. He undoubtedly would like to work with someone of Prince’s raw talent and physical gifts, should the Bengals find a way to add him to their coaching staff this offseason. Regardless of who is coaching the unit next season, Prince offers the kind of potential that the right coach could mold into a solid starter one day.
The addition of the Maryland native gives the team a head start on what will likely be an offensive line overhaul when this season comes to a close. With the Bengals in position to pick at the top of the draft each round, Prince figures to be the first of many new faces along the offensive trenches.