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Bengals Banter: The Value Of Offensive Linemen In Regards To The NFL Draft

May 22, 2012; Cincinnati, OH USA; Cincinnati Bengals guard Kevin Zeitler (68) during organized team activities at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-US PRESSWIRE
May 22, 2012; Cincinnati, OH USA; Cincinnati Bengals guard Kevin Zeitler (68) during organized team activities at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-US PRESSWIRE

Taking a look at the stories from the weekend.

+ Anthony Cosenza dives into the discussion of investing half-draft picks on offensive linemen, compared to other teams in the NFL. As it stands right now, based on our own projections, the Bengals will have two first-round draft picks and a second rounder starting the regular season. Travelle Wharton was drafted in the third round of the 2004 NFL draft, but by the Carolina Panthers and not the Bengals. Kyle Cook projects as the only offensive lineman that went through his respective draft without being selected.

+ A homeless man feed an expired parking meter where a car that belonged to a stranger parked. That stranger ended up being Bengals tight end Jermaine Gresham, who repaid the homeless man with $100 in appreciation.

+ The wide receiver by committee idea is picking up a little steam.

+ Brennen Warner kicks off a new weekend special called The Be Warned Starts of the Week. It takes the the top stories of the week or the stories that interested Brennen the most.

+ Linebacker Thomas Howard, with a regular season and full offseason under his belt, fully expects to have a better season in Mike Zimmer's defensive schemes.

+ Joe Goodberry, in response to Anthony's five predicted breakout players of the year, offers up his own projected five breakdown players of the year. Taking players that are susceptible to having a down season compared to the year(s) before.

+ A look at two of the bigger stories in the AFC North, ranging from the status of Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace to Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs.

+ Former Bengals head coach Forrest Gregg is fighting for his life against Parkinson's disease. We take a quick look at his head coaching career, both in Cincinnati and elsewhere.