You could argue that most offensive line positions are not areas of need for the Bengals. Andrew Whitworth is getting old and Andre Smith might have outstayed his welcome, but the Bengals took a pair of offensive tackles in the first two rounds of last year's draft. Taking another early tackle would just seem crazy right now. On that note, Clint Boling and Kevin Zeitler seem to be reliable guards, so the guard positions are pretty much non-needs early in the draft.
However, there is the issue of Russell Bodine not playing at the level of a starting center for the Bengals, so far. Bad snaps and missed blocks have defined his short career, so the Bengals could very well be looking for a replacement this year.
Here, we're breaking down all of Mayock's offensive rankings:
It seemed crazy when the Bengals took both Cedric Ogbuehi and Jake Fisher in the first two rounds of last year's draft. But, it could still get crazier if the Bengals were to take an offensive tackle early in this year's draft. Expect that to not happen, but just in case it does, these players are among the best available in 2016.
1. Laremy Tunsil (Ole Miss)
Laremy Tunsil saw his final season in college marred by injury. However, the biggest positive from his game comes from his refined technique. Tunsil isn't going to pancake defenders, but he'll keep them out of the backfield most of the time.
2. Ronnie Stanley (Notre Dame)
A tackle built in the image of Lane Johnson, Stanley has remarkable quickness in his step and a storied pass blocking ability. He's easily an early-to-mid first round pick for a team looking for a solid left tackle.
3. Jack Conklin (Michigan State)
Conklin could potentially be the best tackle in this draft, but Mayock has him ranked at the third spot. He's reminiscent of Jon Runyan, with his somewhat undersized frame, but he has the ability to produce regardless. He's probably going to fall to the late first round because of his size, but that just means he'll probably end up in a good system.
4. Taylor Decker (Ohio State)
Decker has the size and frame of Sebastian Vollmer combined with the personality of Andrew Whitworth. Scouts worry about his range when protecting the quarterback's blind side, but at right tackle he seems like a good fit for a team whose quarterback is aware of his surroundings.
5. Willie Beavers (Western Michigan)
Beavers has the talent to play any position on the offensive line. He's probably best used as a left tackle, but he's the kind of player who could go into the interior and maybe even center if asked of him.
The Bengals took Kevin Zeitler in the first round of the 2012 draft and have seen former fourth round pick, Clint Boling, rise to the rank of reliable starter. That's not to say the Bengals couldn't improve at the position, but it would be a total shock to see them looking at these prospects.
1. Cody Whitehair (Kansas State)
Whitehair is a big, intimidating guard who can still move like a tackle. He could probably play any position, but he's got the size of a guard, or even a center. If he can refine his three-point stance a bit more, he could very well be the next Zack Martin.
2. Vadal Alexander (LSU)
Alexander has the ideal body type for an offensive lineman, but just does not have the athleticism to really be considered a versatile prospect. He's almost certainly a second round pick because of that particular drawback.
3. Joshua Garnett (Stanford)
Josh Garnett is the kind of player who can hold a defender off with his sheer body strength in the running game, but he's not as well versed as a pass blocker. As he stands right now, a physical defensive tackle like Geno Atkins would absolutely shred him. But, the physical potential is enough for him to fall no lower than the third round.
4. Christian Westerman (Arizona State)
Westerman has all of the athleticism of a solid guard with the football smarts and play recognition of a viable center. He's a bit undersized as a guard, so moving him inside to center could be a very good idea, but he could still offer depth at offensive guard.
5. Graham Glasgow (Michigan)
Glasgow mauls his marks, but he needs to be kept at an inside position due to issues with his athleticism. Anyone looking to establish a power running system would like to have Glasgow making the blocks, but he'll need to improve on his ability to block at the second level.
The Bengals might actually be looking at this position closely in the draft. In 2014, the Bengals traded up into the bottom of the fourth round to take Russell Bodine out of North Carolina. It hasn't really paid off though as Bodine has struggled to find consistency throughout his career. At this point, it might be a good idea to invest in a top-tier center to hold the position down. Here's who Mike Mayock recommends:
1. Ryan Kelly (Alabama)
Kelly is really the kind of guy who can hold down any team's center position. He's described as a "tenacious leader" and is as tough as they come. He's a bit undersized, but he's got the talent and intelligence to start right away. He could be a huge asset to Andy Dalton before and after the snap. He's projected to go in the late first or early second round.
2. Nick Martin (Notre Dame)
After injuring his knee in 2013, he took a step back from his famed athleticism. But, he's still a leader with a high football IQ who should become a very reliable starter in the NFL.
3. Max Tuerk (USC)
Tuerk is another undersized center like Kelly. However, unlike Kelly, he's a little bit less polished as a blocker and won't really fit in a system that faces a lot of 3-4 defenses like the Bengals do. He does, however, have the kind of strength and athleticism that could make him worth the risk in the fourth round.
4. Evan Boehm (Missouri)
Boehm is an absolute physical freak who can part defenses into running lanes like Moses with the Red Sea. Boehm is a project due to his frame, but his tenacity, durability, and sheer strength could tempt a lot of teams into taking a late-round flier on him.
5. Jack Allen (Michigan State)
Allen plays to the end of the whistle and then some. He's got all of the intangibles that led him to developing a reputation as the kind of player who won't give up until the clock says 0:00, and even that might take some convincing. He'll need to develop more from an athletic standpoint, but he should be drafted by the fourth round.