Over the past couple of days, I have noticed alot of whispers about the want/need to draft a tackle early in the draft, so I'm going to give five reasons why we shouldn't draft a tackle in the first three rounds.
1. The play of Clint Boling prior to his injury: Many seem to forget that before Boling was injured, we actually had a top ten offensive line. Also, does it seem to anyone else how all of Giovani Bernards crazy runs and runs after the catch kind of disappeared? Call it as you see it, but with Boling in the game and Whit at tackle, it seemed as though Bernard was able to find more holes. To top it all off, you don't bench a guy who was ranked in the top ten in NFL Guard rankings.
2. When you have the best combination of guards with Boling and Zeitler according to PFF: Whenever Boling and Zeitler were in together, the Bengals had the number nine ranked guard duo. Now I dont know about anyone else, but number nine seems like a pretty acceptable number, especially seeing how both of them are still in there rookie contracts.
3. If Collins walks: There is no way anyone but Whit is guarding Daltons blindside. Just imagine this for a second, the coaches decide to keep Whit at guard, so were in a scenario we have to draft a tackle because Collins already bulked our offer. Now, Smith will have to move to LT and the rookie ( whoever it may be) is the new RT. So now our starting line has the man who gave up the most sacks last year on our team blocking Daltons blindside and a rookie on the other. Not to mention, Smith was benched once this season due to his miserable play. With that being said, who would you honestly want starting at LT, Whit, Smith or a rookie?
4. Drafting a Tackle later on means we can attack another position of need: Without the idea of saying we have to draft tackle early, we get to concentrate on bigger needs like a DE to replace MJ93 or the better scenario drafting BPA. The way I see it, once we draft the best corner available this draft could bust wide open. BPA every round? Sounds good to me! I'm not saying we dont have needs, but once we fill corner and center, the remaining picks are for depth and improvement.
5. We have to much money in tackles right now to draft one: With both tackles recently being extended, there is no reason to draft another one. Right now we have our two PROVEN bookends, and two of the better guards in the NFL. Draft a center and see how much better this offense runs on all cylinders.
Thanks for reading