Bengals UDFA Ben Brown could provide useful depth at OL

Leigh Oleszczak
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The Cincinnati Bengals signed Ben Brown of Ole Miss as an undrafted free agent and there’s a lot of reasons to get excited about this signing.

Sure, undrafted players might not have heard their names called in the draft for a reason but that doesn’t mean that they can’t turn into special players who step up when needed.

Brown was a four-year starter for the Rebels during his time at Ole Miss and the most impressive part of his collegiate career was that he managed to make a positive impression at both guard and center.

Justin Melo of The Draft Network was high on Brown and spoke with the Rebels’ offensive lineman before the draft took place..

Bengals might have hit the jackpot with UDFA Ben Brown

After revamping nearly all of their offensive line in free agency, the Bengals didn’t have to make the position as high of a priority in the draft. They spent just one of their six picks on an o-lineman (Cordell Volson in the fourth round) and spent the other five picks on the defensive side of the ball.

Brown played both the center and right guard positions during his time in Oxford and could serve as a third-string option for Cincinnati at both of those spots. They obviously signed Ted Karras to be the starting center and Alex Cappa to be the starting right guard but depth is definitely needed behind those guys. As of now, Trey Hill is probably Karras’ backup at center and Volson could be the backup right guard depending on what happens at left guard.

Brown might just seem like another camp body but with his versatility on the o-line, it wouldn’t shock me in the least bit if he was able to stick around on the roster. He has experience at two positions on the offensive line and that’s valuable for teams, especially the Bengals who are hoping to see a major resurgence from their o-line this year.

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I’ll be pulling for Ben Brown to shine bright this summer and maybe make a name for himself as a third-stringer or even as a backup.