During his annual mock draft on Tuesday, Sports Illustrated NFL writer Peter King sent Oregon tackle Jake Fisher to Cincinnati at No. 21, adding that the Bengals love Fisher (most of you hated that selection). Offensive line coach Paul Alexander attended Oregon's pro day in March and the Bengals invited Fisher for a predraft visit.
Daniel Jeremiah said that "I've heard that Jake Fisher could be the surprise pick" for the Bengals during his predraft Move The Sticks Podcast on Tuesday. Joining Jeremiah was NFL Insider Ian Rapoport, who confirmed that the Bengals "like Jack Fisher. It's funny. Andrew Whitworth came out (Tuesday) and said that he dares them to draft a left tackle."
However, if Texas A&M offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi is on the board, he could be Cincinnati's pick.
"The name to watch here is Cedric Ogbuehi," Rapoport said. "The way I hear it, they view him as one of the top talents in the draft regardless of position. I could see them taking him. And it's a great spot because you don't have to play him this year. You can him sit behind Andrew Smith and Whitworth and eventually you have your left tackle."
"Ogbuehi had ACL surgery in January after tearing it in his last college football game," writes Peter King during Wednesday's mailbag.
But now comes this revelation: Cincinnati, at 21, also is considering Ogbuehi, even with a cadre of good tackle prospects who actually would be able to play on opening day instead of likely being on the physically-unable-to-perform list at the start of the season. It’s an interesting dilemma. But it goes to show you that teams with a tackle need are willing to wait, say, a half-season or longer if they think there’s a premier player out there who will have a long career but just might not be ready to start at the beginning of his rookie year.
It's difficult to make a convincing argument why mock draft selections matter outside of the top-10 -- largely because the draft boards between teams are so radically different from each other (reportedly). However, Mel Kiper Jr., Todd McShay, Jeremiah, Rob Rang, Pete Prisco, Will Brinson and Josh Norris all excluded Ogbuehi from the first round and Dane Brugler with CBSSports.com has him going No. 28 to Denver.
The NFL draft page writes that "NFL evaluators are very worried about Ogbuehi's core strength and ability to anchor in pass protection, but some of his anchor issues could be improved with technique work -- especially where his hands are concerned."
ESPN's player ranking has Ogbuehi ranked fifth among all offensive tackle prospects, but better than Fisher, who is ranked eighth.
Good Bull Hunting (SB Nation's site that covers Texas A&M) writes:
Cedric Ogbuehi started 6 games as a Redshirt Freshman in 2011 on the interior of the offensive line. He moved out to right tackle in 2013 as Jake Matthews moved to left tackle. He followed in Jake Matthews' footsteps and decided to stay on for his senior year and moved to the left tackle spot. An ACL injury this season hampered his playing time and his draft stock. Cedric Ogbuehi has been a solid contributor on the offensive line for Texas A&M and has experience at tackle and guard.