The Cincinnati Bengals moved down nine spots in the first round this past week, as they swung a deal with the Buffalo Bills. In addition to moving down, the Bengals also got a left tackle out of the deal, as they welcomed in Cordy Glenn. This Bengals offensive line is getting an upgrade, and they should look to continue that trend during the 2018 NFL Draft.
One player who could be available this late in round one is UTEP offensive guard Will Hernandez. Hernandez is one of the best guards in college football, and the Bengals certainly have a need at that position. The Bengals have enough talent on offense in the skill positions, so adding both Glenn and Hernandez makes a lot of sense in April. Joe Mixon showed promise as a rookie, and A.J. Green is still one of the best wide receivers in the NFL.
Hernandez is a dominant force, and he showed how strong he is at the NFL Scouting Combine. The Bengals play in a division where they can win a lot of games, and they had a nice run towards the end of last season. If they can capitalize this late in round one, there is no reason why this cannot be a Wild Card team next season, in a year that will likely make or break Marvin Lewis’ tenure with the team.