Bengals evaluation of Stanford OT Walker Little one of most intriguing

Glenn Adams
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According to Pro Football Focus, between 2018 and ’19, Little gave up only three sacks, three hits, and six hurries in 508 pass block attempts. It appears that those three sacks all came in the aforementioned Notre Dame game. There is also a connection with the Bengals organization.

Little has spent a lot of time working with former Bengals offensive line coach Paul Alexander. He might be able to provide even more insight into how Little could fit on the team. Left tackle is a premiere position.

If Little is available later in the draft, a team will undoubtedly take a chance on the upside of his potential even if that means not playing right away. Figuring out when to select Little is not just a “storyline.”

If Little turns into a cornerstone left-tackle, as many NFL scouts predicted he would, that can be franchise-changing for the team that selects him. If Little can become a cornerstone LT after being selected in the second round or beyond, that would be an incredible value for an NFL team.

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For a franchise that could use offensive line help, yet insist on pushing that need off to an indeterminable future in hopes of finding diamonds in the later rounds of the draft. It is not unprecedented for an NFL team to find OL help later in the draft. Left tackles are usually first or second-day draftees.