Both the Cincinnati Bengals and the Detroit Lions get a jump start on the offseason. For Zac Taylor and his staff, it is a chance to take an early look at the talent available for the 2020 NFL Draft as they coach in the Senior Bowl.
If it’s safe to assume that the Cincinnati Bengals draft a quarterback in the first round with their first pick. also assume they will continue or should continue, to draft offensive linemen. For as much as I heard of Andy Dalton and his quick release, you could also see the need for it as his protection broke down quickly, especially in 2019.
The fact is, the offensive line is bad. It needs the kind of rebuild that doesn’t happen in one draft, or in one free agency cycle. Having said that, it doesn’t mean that the Bengals in 2020 will be as bad in the trenches as they were in 2019. What fans will look forward to is a healthy Jonah Williams and the potential for a draft that will yield additional help.
For Zac Taylor and his staff, to be coaching in the Senior Bowl is a jump start to the offseason. The opportunity to work with and get to know players one on one is a huge benefit as they look to add talent down the draft board. With needs on the offensive line, EDGE rusher, linebacker, and perhaps even wide receiver and defensive backs, the time in Mobile, AL will be time well spent.
Here is a look at three offensive linemen scheduled to participate in the Senior Bowl worth keeping an eye on.