Cincinnati Bengals OL depth chart ahead of 2022 NFL Draft
Starters: Jonah Williams, Jackson Carman, Ted Karras, Alex Cappa, La’el Collins
This time last year, the starting offensive line consisted of Jonah Williams, Quinton Spain, Trey Hopkins, Xavier Su’a-Filo, and Riley Reiff. By the end of the season, both Jackson Carman and Hakeem Adeniji had taken turns starting at right guard and Isaiah Prince was the starting right tackle.
Fast forward to the present day and the starting o-line in Cincinnati looks a hell of a lot better. I mentioned how the team was aggressive in adding Ted Karras, Alex Cappa, and La’el Collins, upgrading the entire right side of the line.
Williams is the only guy who started a year ago who will be returning to the line and he’s entering the final year of his rookie deal (though his fifth-year option should get picked up). He’ll have to be the leader on this line as everyone gets used to working with each other.
Carman, a second-round pick in last year’s draft, didn’t win a starting job out of the gate but he eventually found his way into the right guard spot before getting benched for Adeniji. He’ll get every opportunity to win the left guard job unless the team drafts someone like Tyler Linderbaum, which would move Karras to left guard.
The other three guys I discussed on the intro slide. They’ll be unquestioned starters when the season gets underway.