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Bengals Rookie Offensive Guard Kevin Zeitler: There Are A Lot Of Things I Have To Work On

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May 11, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals second first round draft pick guard Kevin Zeitler (68) walks of the field after mini camp at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, OH. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE
May 11, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals second first round draft pick guard Kevin Zeitler (68) walks of the field after mini camp at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, OH. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE

Despite the fact that prospects like cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick and offensive guard Kevin Zeitler were selected in the first round, it doesn't automatically suggest that either player will arrive as Pro Bowlers during their rookie campaigns. Kirkpatrick admits he has a lot to work on in coverage, especially off the receiver. Cincinnati's No. 27 selection Zeitler also hints that he has much to work on, which you can expect from any rookie selected within any round of any NFL draft.

In a conversation with Carlos Holmes at the Dayton Daily News, Zeitler explains:

“Pass protection technique is completely different here from anything I’ve ever done,” he said. “Anderson is a different type of coach. He says in our meeting that everything he does no one else will ever do. It’s just a matter of getting used to that. What he’s teaching is starting to stick. However, there are a lot of things I have to work on.”

As for arriving in Cincinnati:

“I’m glad the Bengals took a chance on me,” he said. “I’m going to do everything I can to help this team win. I’m going to embrace Ohio and the culture around me. I’m excited to get out in the city and check out all the restaurants (laugh).”

Zeitler, who remains unsigned, is expected to be the front-runner as the starting right guard.