Cincinnati Bengals Draft Talk: Five Choices at Pick 21
The Cincinnati Bengals traded down from pick 12 to pick 21 when they acquired Cordy Glenn from the Buffalo Bills. While they are out of position to get one of this year’s blue-chip players, they are in the sweet spot of round one of the 2018 NFL Draft for their biggest team needs. The Bengals need upgrades at center, right tackle, and they need some athleticism at linebacker. They also have a history of drafting players that don’t fit an immediate need but are the best available player.
FIVE PLAYERS FOR THE BENGALS AT PICK 21
- ISAIAH WYNN, OG/OT, GEORGIA
Wynn started at left tackle for the Dawgs this past season. He was dominant during Senior Bowl practices at guard. His has subpar arm length for an NFL offensive tackle but I wouldn’t be surprised if the Bengals selected him that he didn’t get a shot to play right tackle. Despite not having any reps at center, he could probably excel there with time. In all likelihood, he is the starting right guard from day one.
- MIKE MCGLINCHEY, OT, NOTRE DAME OR CONNOR WILLIAMS, OT, TEXAS
I know I am cheating by listing two guys but hear me out. Either player would likely be an upgrade over Jake Fisher and would start as a rookie. One or both should be available at pick 21. Williams also offers the flexibility to move inside to guard.
Cincinnati Bengals fans have suffered through the indignity of trying to watch Russell Bodine block for the last four seasons. The Bengals are going to pick a center with one of their first four picks in this draft, the only question is, do they take the best one? Daniels is the most athletic center prospect I have studied in years and is a player I consider a top-ten talent. He would be an immediate upgrade to the position.
The Bengals have an athlete deficiency at the linebacker position. Vontaze Burfict is one of the best in the league when he isn’t suspended, but he isn’t exactly carrying TEs down the seam. Nick Vigil is a better athlete than Burfict but he isn’t enough. While I am not as high on LVE as most in the draft community, one can’t discount his athletic ability. At 6’4” 256, Vander Esch ran 4.66, while having a 39.5” vertical leap, and a 6.88 3-Cone. If he is on the board I would expect his name to come up.
- MIKE GESICKI, TE, PENN STATE
This would be a surprising pick but not something that would be out of the ordinary for Cincinnati. Gesicki is a freak athlete at the TE position. Much more so than Tyler Eifert and Tyler Kroft. The former has not exactly been Mr. Dependable either. Eifert was only brought back on a one-year prove it deal. Gesicki could give Andy Dalton another red zone threat and give the Bengals insurance for the inevitable Eifert injury.
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