Cincinnati Bengals: Guard
The addition via trade of left tackle Cordy Glenn is a nice start for the Bengals in an effort to solidify things up front, but more work needs to be done. As part of the trade for Glenn, the Bengals traded down out of the twelfth spot and picked up the 21st overall selection from Buffalo in the process.
Whether the Bengals stay at 21 or not remains to be seen, but it seems all but a sure thing that they’ll looking for help on the interior of the offensive line with their first pick. Just like every team looking for help at guard, Cincinnati was likely enamored with a player like Notre Dame’s Quenton Nelson. Moving down from the twelfth pick, however, is a good indication that they feel he wasn’t going to make it anywhere near that selection.
There are plenty of intriguing interior players that will likely go between the end of the first and end of the third, all of whom are likely squarely on the Bengals’ radar. The team has already met with UTEP mauler Will Hernandez and recently hosted Nevada’s Austin Corbett for a private workout. With center Russell Bodine still unsigned, the Bengals may prefer a player like Corbett over Hernandez based on his positional versatility. If they prefer to look at centers, in-state talent and former Ohio State Buckeye Billy Price is also a possibility.
Joe Mixon showed plenty of promise during his rookie campaign in 2017 and could have a breakout season in 2018 if the Bengals are able to address their needs on the line during the draft. If not, Cincinnati could once again be on the outside looking in come playoff time.