4 offensive line options for the Bengals in 2022 NFL Draft

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Luke Fortner (Kentucky)

Do you see a trend here? Yes, this is my second Kentucky lineman, but I’m an SEC guy, and the Kentucky line, AKA the Big Blue Wall, was one of the best in the nation. Luke Fortner was a big reason why.

Fortner was a dominating athlete and a three-star prospect out of high school landing in Lexington. While Fortner redshirted his first year and played only limited snaps his second, it was the following three years when he really heated up.

In 2020, Fortner played 538 snaps at both guard spots and allowed just two sacks and nine hurries. That’s nice.

In, 2021 as a sixth-year player due to taking advantage of the COVID eligibility, Fortner switched to center and logged a massive 848 snaps while allowing two sacks. That’s very nice.

As a six-year player, some may be concerned about his age, but Fortner was very durable at Kentucky and now bring massive experience at multiple positions from a pro-style offense into the NFL.

The Bengals would do very well in adding a versatile, durable big-time college player like Fortner to their line in 2022.

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These are four good prospects the Bengals would do well to consider in 2022. The offensive line is a focus moving forward and Frank Pollack needs able bodies to mold into his style players. Hopefully, at least two of these men will be in stripes.

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