The Cincinnati Bengals will almost certainly draft an offensive tackle this year, and maybe more than one.
With both Andre Smith, Andrew Whitworth and Eric Winston all having their contracts expire next year, the Bengals may have as many as three new tackles playing significant snaps next year. The expectation is Cincinati will look to draft someone like Stanford's Andrus Peat, Miami's Ereck Flowers or LSU's La'el Collins with their first pick.
If the Bengals draft another tackle on Day 3, Louisville's Jamon Brown might be a late-round selection to consider. The 6-4, 323-pound tackle is having a private workout with Cincinnati, according to Aaron Wilson at the National Football Post.
Brown has visits with the Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions and Washington Redskins and private workouts with the Cincinnati Bengals and Buffalo Bills, according to sources.
The 6-foot-4, 323-pounder was a two-time all-conference selection and a four-year starter.
At his campus Pro Day workout, Brown ran the 40-yard dash in 5.09 seconds with a 28-inch vertical leap, an 8-7 broad jump, a 4.7 short shuttle and a 7.36 three-cone drill.
A versatile lineman who can play both guard and tackle, Brown could spend his first year developing into a possible replacement for either Whitworth, Smith or possibly guard Kevin Zeitler next year. Zeitler has yet to have his fifth-year option for next year picked up, so the Bengals may draft a tackle in hopes of converting him to an NFL guard to replace Zeitler next year if he's not re-signed.
Brown is someone expected to go on Day 3, but NFL.com's Lance Zierlein thinks he could go higher because of his versatility and ability to play guard:
DRAFT PROJECTION Round 4 or 5
SOURCES TELL US "He could go much higher than anyone thinks because he'll be on boards as a tackle or as a guard. He can move and he has some power so he will hit more teams draft boards than some of the other guys in the draft." - NFC Executive
NFL COMPARISON Dallas Thomas
BOTTOM LINE Intriguing tackle/guard prospect. His mass and athletic limitations are best-suited inside and his quickness off the snap could be an indicator that Brown's best football could be ahead of him. With a wider base and better body control, Brown could become a starting guard or potential tackle in power scheme.
Brown is also part of a nonprofit charity called People Uplifting Real People, which was created with the goal of helping young people find their purpose by doing positive work in the community. If we learned anything about the Bengals' recent draft trends, it's that they love prospects who are outstanding men off-the-field.
Perhaps, all of this will help Brown be drafted by the Bengals in the third or fourth round.