While some are saying it’s right up the Bengals alley to trade down and select Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert instead of LSU’s Joe Burrow, it may be another Duck that is on their radar.
Oregon tackle Calvin Throckmorton was excellent in the Senior Bowl, a game the Bengals, the worst team in the NFL in 2020, were able to coach. They we're able to get a first-hand look at the 6-foot-5, 320-pound Throckmorton.
They had to give him basically all the reps as well, being down to just five offensive lineman for the South side at the end of the game. Throckmorton wasn’t supposed to play in his game, receiving a call Tuesday afternoon.
But, it may have been his first-class ticket to being select within the first two days of the upcoming draft. Let’s just say Jim Turner’s assistant, assistant Ben Martin, was impressed with how well Throckmorton was able to get up to speed.
“He’s a genius. He knows it better than all of us,” Martin said when referring to how well Throckmorton knew the team’s playbook. But, it was the need and ensuing dominance that helped the senior tackle really be put in the limelight.
“Throckmorton turned out to be a solution. There was a chance when the game started that he could pull a ‘Lapham,’ and play all five positions in the game, which Lapham did twice during his ten Bengals seasons. With the problems on the edge, Throckmorton never got to play guard Saturday and ended up at both tackles as well as center and the irony is he may be best suited for guard,” Bengals.com’s senior writer Geoff Hobson said on the star tackle.
The Bengals had one of the league’s worst offensive lines. It was a consistent rotating door, and hopefully Throckmorton, if draft, will be able to be their long-term solution as well.