4 offensive line options for the Bengals in 2022 NFL Draft

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Darian Kinnard (Kentucky)

As a Kentucky boy and a diehard SEC fan, I would enthusiastically love Darian Kinnard to join the Bengals around the third round later this April.

If the Bengals choose to forgo drafting a lineman in the first round, or even if they do, Kinnard would be a welcome edition.

The three-year starter for the Wildcats boasts excellent size at 6’5″ and 322 pounds, and has the benefit of working in a pro-style offense under new Rams offensive coordinator Liam Coen.

Kinnard played primarily tackle at Kentucky, but a switch to guard would best suit his skill set, making him versatile enough to play both positions in a pinch.

Considering discipline and high football IQ are essential on the offensive line, Darian Kinnard would bring long-term starter potential to the right side of the Bengal line, and the hard-nosed, mauler mentality that Frank Pollack seeks.