It’s no secret that the Bengals’ weakest position right now is along the offensive trenches. That alone is enough reason to suspect a lineman has a better chance of making the roster than players at other positions.
The Bengals signed a pair undrafted offensive linemen this year, and Josh Knipfel looks to be the more talented player between the two.
He has prototypical size, standing at 6’6 and weighing in at 305-pounds. He’s also got plenty of experience and versatility. Over the course of his sophomore and junior seasons, he started 26 games at right guard. Then, as a senior, he kicked out to play tackle, where he again started all 13 games that year.
Beyond that, he fits the mold of the culture that Zac Taylor is attempting to build. Each player the team selected in the draft was either a captain or had other leadership qualifications. Knipfel fits in perfectly in that regard, as he was a captain himself at Iowa State.
Knipfel’s combination of size, experience, versatility, and leadership makes him one of the stronger candidates to carve out a spot for himself on a Bengals roster that could use all the offensive line talent it can get.