The Bengals offensive line will once again be among the team's biggest strengths heading into the 2015 NFL season.
That doesn't mean there's not questions surrounding the future of the position, and the team would be wise to add some depth to the line in hopes of avoiding a step back in 2016. That's when three of five starters become free agents, two of which are starting tackles Andre Smith and Andrew Whitworth.
The latest from Mocking the Draft addresses that need for depth with the Bengals taking LSU offensive tackle La'el Collins with their first pick.
21. Cincinnati Bengals: La’el Collins, OT, LSU
The fall of Collins stops here. If the Bengals use a first-round pick on an offensive lineman, the hope would probably be that player overtaking Andre Smith for the starting right tackle job. Collins should be able to. At the worst, he could push for a starting guard spot.
Other players on the board here included, DT Eddie Goldman, OT Ereck Flowers, OT T.J. Clemmings, S Landon Collins and WR Devin Smith, all of whom have been mocked to Cincinnati in various mocks.
However, getting Collins at pick No. 21 would be a huge get, as he's projected to go somewhere in the first 20 picks in most mocks (MTD's latest had Florida OT D.J. Humphries going 20th to Philly). It would also be ironic that the Bengals could go with an LSU Tiger to possibly replace an LSU Tiger in Whitworth.
The more ideal scenario though would be to keep Whitworth and move Collins to right tackle to replace Smith in 2016.