3 college football games Bengals fans should be watching in Week 7

Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) /
2 of 3
Cincinnati Bengals
(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

Utah vs. Arizona State

Left tackle Kellen Diesch and center Dohnovan West are two offensive linemen you should keep your eyes on. But here, let’s focus on the Arizona State center.

West is Kiper’s fifth-best prospect at center. According to Pro Football Focus, West has not given up a sack or QB hit this year. That is over 184 pass-blocking snaps.

He has played against some formidable defensive lines and he will continue to do so. But to be clear, the Sun Devils will not face any defense on the level of Georgia, Alabama, or Ohio State until they reach a Bowl game.

However, if West can continue his clean sheet against his remaining schedule, he can cement himself as a day two pick.

For the Utes, the dessert is linebacker Devin Lloyd. But if you are more into the meat and potatoes type, you should concentrate on Utah center, Nick Ford.

If the Bengals decide to bolster the depth of that position, the team could use a late-round pick on Ford.

The team will like the fact that he can play both center and guard. Versatility is something that the team covets in their offensive linemen.

As of now, Ford is Mel Kiper’s eighth-best prospect at the center position.

The Bengals could save six million dollars against the cap next year if they move on from Trey Hopkins. The team covets the leadership that he brings. If Hopkins’ struggles continue, cap savings might come into play.

Maybe attacking the center position in the third or fourth round is still a bit early. Therefore, a player like West might be a bit too rich for the Bengals. Yet, they may want to provide depth with a guy who can play both guard positions and center.

Other Sun Devils to watch:

  • Merlin Robertson (LB)
  • Jack Jones (CB)
  • Kellen Diesch (LT)

More Utes to scout:

  • Devin Lloyd (LB); 1st/2nd rounder
  • TJ Pledger (RB)