Tyler Vrabel (Boston College)
Does the name sound familiar? It should.
Tyler Vrabel is the son of Tennessee Titan coach Mike Vrabel, who was no slouch himself during his playing days.
Vrabel was a three-year starter at Boston College and played tackle on both sides of the line, once again bringing that coveted versatility.
Grading out as a potential fifth-round pick, Vrabel could provide good value, and boasts plenty of experience and good genetics as mentioned before.
Though he can be a bit mechanical and upright, especially in run blocking, and some experts question his arm length, the Bengals aren’t expecting to draft a starting tackle in round five, rather a player with upside that Frank Pollack can mold into his type of player.
It seems more often than not in Bengal draft history, especially where offensive linemen are concerned that first-day draft capital doesn’t guarantee success. The plan should be to stack guys with potential, up for cheap and see what you can make out of them.
The hope here is Pollack can take an experienced, smart guy like Vrabel and mold him into a useful piece. Plus it would stick it to his daddy Mike in Tennessee, so that’s always a plus.