If there’s one thing we can say the Bengals love more than anything else, is it versatility?
Well, the team’s fifth round draft pick, J.J. Dielman out of Utah fits that bill as he comes to Cincinnati with experience as both a center and right tackle. Dielman unfortunately ended his last season of college with a foot injury and only played five games in 2016 after starting every game for the two years prior. The five games he did play were said to be impressive, (I admittedly have not watched the film yet).
Dieman was a three-star offensive guard recruit out of high school (added versatility) and is said to have impressive quickness, an ability to hold his ground and a nice lateral shuffle. On the negative side, his arm length isn’t great and he has a habit to fall off blocks. His play strength also needs some improvement, which is fixable and something Cedric Ogbuehi is working on this offseason, too.
Reactions are somewhat mixed to the pick, but, that’s to be expected as we get into the later rounds of the draft. With 12 draft selections this year, the Bengals are going to be taking some risks in these later rounds. Hopefully, Dielman pans out and is able to
#Bengals might have just found their future starting OC. Dielman is one of the more underrated prospects in this draft class.— Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) April 29, 2017
#Bengals get to the O-line now, Utah J.J. Dielman is headed to Cincinnati. He played tackle there.— Jim Owczarski (@JimOwczarski) April 29, 2017
Big need if you spent any time watching Bodine. Think Dielman has a legit shot to start https://t.co/yHMMANziW9— Brad Russell (@TheFFLCommish) April 29, 2017
Utah's JJ Dielman was one of my favorite guys I talked to at the combine. Glad to see he landed with the Bengals.— Jeanna (@jeannathomas) April 29, 2017
#Bengals pick J.J. Dielman played RT in 2014 and 15, but had to move to center in 2016 due to an injury— Richard Skinner (@Local12Skinny) April 29, 2017
I did not watch Dielman, but it's a center so yay.— John Sheeran (@John__Sheeran) April 29, 2017
Quick review: Dielman is a good athlete and moves well to reach blocks. Downside, that's about all the good I saw.— Ryan Patrick (@RoyleRedlegs) April 29, 2017
J.J. Dielman's interesting. Experience at tackle and center.— Chris Roling (@Chris_Roling) April 29, 2017