The Cincinnati Bengals are good for getting at least one undrafted player onto their 53-man roster nearly every year under Marvin Lewis. Texas Longhorns offensive guard Trey Hopkins is one to watch for this summer as he looks to win a roster spot along a talented but thin o-line.
With Mike Pollak battling a knee injury and Clint Boling rehabbing from ACL surgery, Hopkins got a lot of reps with the first-team offense in OTAs.
That hasn't changed in camp as both Boling and Pollak have alternated days off, leaving Hopkins to run with the starting offense. It's also helped that Pollak has gotten reps at center, leaving the guard position dangerously thin. Hopkins's strength is in the run game, where he consistently opened holes for Texas backs in college. Knowing that Hue Jackson wants to run the ball more is good news for Hopkins' chances to make the 53-man roster.
Hopkins was viewed as the 26th-best offensive guard, per CBS Sports, while ESPN ranked him as the 17th-best guard. He played 50 games at Texas, with 42 starts (28 at left guard, 14 at right tackle). He was an All-Big 12 selection twice and earned first-team honors in 2012.
As of now, Hopkins and second-year lineman Tanner Hawkinson have gotten some run at guard during camp behind Boling and Pollak. It's unclear as to whether the Bengals prefer Hawkinson at tackle or guard at this point.
It will be interesting to see how much run with the starters Hopkins gets this week.