The Cincinnati Bengals’ are set to move on from Cedric Ogbuehi in 2019.
That’s because the team passed on picking up Ogbuehi’s fifth-year option, making him a free agent in 2019. The 21st overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft has been a major disappointment through his first three seasons, and there’s little hope he’ll suddenly become a decent player in 2018.
All throughout Ogbuehi’s career, you’ll see nothing but whiffs and blocking air as his defender gets an easy sack or tackle for loss:
This one falls on Ogbuehi. You can see the potential hole if he makes his block. pic.twitter.com/N0T1jwDIzw— Goodberry (@JoeGoodberry) September 20, 2016
Ever since the Bengals drafted the former Texas A&M lineman in the first round of the 2015 draft, the only ‘highlights’ of Ogbuehi’s career have been his occasional display of great athleticism for a lineman and not much else.
Athleticism alone doesnt make you good at blocking in the second level. Use your hands, Ogbuehi (#70) pic.twitter.com/pI5ZFf9SB8— Goodberry (@JoeGoodberry) August 14, 2016
Finally a shot of Ogbuehi using his athleticism. pic.twitter.com/1YfMZP5rjV— Goodberry (@JoeGoodberry) August 14, 2016
Cedric Ogbuehi is my least favorite OL in league. Can't stand watching him play.— Ross Tucker (@RossTuckerNFL) December 25, 2016
I don’t think it’s a stretch to call Ogbuehi the biggest bust of the Marvin Lewis. Sure, Keith Rivers was a higher pick in the 2008 draft, and Chris Perry never could stay healthy after being the 26th pick in the 2004 draft, but at least those two made positive impacts at some point in their career.
Ogbuehi has been a colossal failure for nearly every NFL snap he’s ever taken.
Saying this, Ogbuehi was part of an offensive line decline in Cincinnati that’s been evident for the last three years. Ogbuehi was a big problem, but he wasn’t the only lineman to struggle mightily in recent years.
That’s why the Bengals got rid of Paul Alexander and hired Mike Pollack, who they hope breaths new life into all of the linemen currently on the roster. While the odds are against Ogbuehi, perhaps Pollack can turn him into a respectable lineman after a year or two of working with him.
But now, Pollack probably won’t get more than a year, as Ogbuehi will become a free agent in 2019, and it’s hard to see him being back in Cincinnati.
So, we ask you, did
Were the Bengals right to not pick up Cedric Ogbuehi’s fifth-year option?
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