The back-to-back-to-back barrage of ‘Bama players has been ended, but we’re not leaving the SEC yet. We’re finally into the second half of the 1st round, and seton hall and the steelers made the selection here for the pick that the Bengals somehow managed to fleece out of Oakland. Next up: San Diego Chargers and they’ll be represented by BluegrassSteeler.
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The Cincinnati Bengals took a huge step in the right direction last year thanks to the play of Andy Dalton and A.J. Green. However, they are still a few pieces away from being a major threat in the brutal AFC North. The Bengals still lack a lockdown corner because Jonathan Joseph left last year to play with the Texans. They still need an upgrade at running back because Cedric Benson is just bad. However, their biggest need is at right guard. They need a first round talent to play the guard position. They have some other minor needs at safety, wide receiver, and defensive end but those should be addressed later in the draft.
Thanks to the Oakland Raiders‘ stupidity, the Bengals were able to pick up an additional first round pick, which is the one they are currently slated to use. Because of the extra pick, they now have the versatility to take the best player available with their first pick and look to fill a need with their second first round pick. When I look at the draft board, I see a few players who stand out as the BPAs. Those players are Cordy Glenn, Stephon Gilmore, Courtney Upshaw, Jonathan Martin, and Fletcher Cox. Cox is by far the best player available, but also happens to play at the Bengals strongest position, defensive tackle. Upshaw is a great player, but does not fit at all in the Bengals 4-3 scheme. That leaves Glenn, Gilmore, and Martin as the three possible selections. When I look at those three players, the one who is clearly the best player is Glenn. Gilmore and Martin could both be there at 21 and in my opinion, present much better value at 21. However, Glenn is a phenomenal prospect who can play guard or tackle and with his athleticism, he could become a stud.
Without further ado, the Cincinnati Bengals select Cordy Glenn, G/T, Georgia.
I put a lot of thought into this selection and was furious when Trent Richardson went one pick ahead because that would have made the selection an easy one but ultimately, Glenn was a perfect blend of talent and need for the Bengals. He has all the tools to become a dominant offensive linemen at guard or tackle and will be just another piece in the Bengals build towards a championship caliber team.
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