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2012 NFL Draft: Bengals Interested In Pitt Offensive Lineman Lucas Nix

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Feb 25, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers offensive lineman Luke Nix runs the 40 yard dash during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE
Feb 25, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers offensive lineman Luke Nix runs the 40 yard dash during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

According to Draft Insider, the Cincinnati Bengals, along with the Cleveland Browns, have shown interested in Pittsburgh offensive lineman Lucas Nix as a center. Nix, who played at tackle and guard in college, seems to be a jack of all trades on the line. The question will be, however, whether he is a master of any.

According to Nix's scouting report, he is projected to currently have fifth-round stock and would likely be a project player. He started every game at right tackle in the 2009 season and the first three games at right tackle in 2010 before he was moved to right guard. Nix stayed at guard for the 2011 season as well.

When it comes to off-field concerns, Nix doesn't necessarily have a long rap sheet, but he was cited for disorderly conduct, which could have been for almost anything, early in 2009. He has not been in trouble since and this likely wouldn't be a major concern for most teams, including the Bengals, if they're interested.

The Bengals are in need of a new guard, but Nix isn't likely the answer. If the Bengals do decide to use one of their late-round picks on him in the upcoming draft, I see him as a backup player at guard and tackle and possibly center and a contributor on special teams. That is, of course, if he makes the team in the first place.

The draft is just a couple weeks away so make sure you stay tuned for more updates on who the Bengals may or may not be interested in.

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