With the first pick of the sixth round, the Bengals selected Kansas OT Hakeem Adeniji.
Adeniji started 48 games for Kansas, despite needing both labrums surgically repaired in 2017. He played both tackle spots, but spent most of his time on the left side. He earned honorable mention All-Big 12 three times and Second-Team All-Big 12 once.
Even though he started every game of his career at either left or right tackle, he is expected to also play guard in the NFL and provide depth at multiple spots for the Bengals.
Adeniji has been well coached at Kansas, but his footwork stands out as a red flag. As a tackle, he is also an underwhelming athlete, so he struggles with mobility as a tackle. His footwork, his athleticism, and his shoulder injuries, are all reasons he fell to the sixth round.
His hands are accurate and strong, so he could become a successful blocker in the right scheme. As long as the Bengals don’t try to move him around too much, he can still be a functional guard.
The Bengals need offensive line depth in the worst way, so Adeniji is a welcomed addition. He could challenge Billy Price and Xavier Su’a-filo for that starting spot at right guard.
Because of his footwork and athletic ability, he is probably limited to guard. The Bengals were targeting that position specifically, which is why they drafted him with Prince Tega Wanogho still on the board.
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