7 players Bengals could have drafted instead of Jackson Carman

Jackson Carman, Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Creed Humphrey might be the player the Bengals needed the most

To Cincinnati’s credit, a lot of teams passed on Creed Humphrey. The Oklahoma center didn’t hear his name called until the Chiefs took him at No. 63 overall and if offensive linemen could be candidates for Rookie of the Year, Humphrey would surely be up there. He’s been sensational for Kansas City, appearing in 100% of the offensive snaps in all but one game this season (and the game he didn’t was still at 96%).

To make matters worse, Cincinnati is a mess at the center position. Trey Hopkins has had a bad season and when he was injured this past week, Trey Hill stepped in and was awful. In the Bengals’ defense, they didn’t know Hopkins would struggle this badly so not taking a center in the second round wasn’t a bad decision at the time.

Seeing how well Humphrey has played and how poorly Hopkins and Hill have looked, however, makes this pick pretty painful. He could have been their franchise center and given the offensive line the stability it needs.