The Cincinnati Bengals recently hosted Texas A&M offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi, according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. Ogbuehi has also recently visited with the Denver Broncos and Washington Redskins. Lance Zierlein writes that Ogbuehi will be a first-rounder, despite having torn his ACL during Texas A&M's win over West Virginia in the Liberty Bowl on Dec. 29.
"NFL evaluators are very worried about Ogbuehi's core strength and ability to anchor in pass protection, but some of his anchor issues could be improved with technique work -- especially where his hands are concerned," writes Zierlein. "He should be a plus run blocker, especially on stretch plays, but needs to add strength and work on technique if he is to reach his play potential. Ogbuehi's bowl-game injury (torn ACL) could hurt his draft standing, but his traits and potential might be able to keep him in the first round."
Cincinnati doesn't have a top-flight need to draft (and start) an offensive tackle this year, but the need could force the Bengals hand sooner rather than later. However, Andrew Whitworth, Andre Smith and Eric Winston will become unrestricted free agents -- and Whitworth will turn 34-years-old this year.
"Everybody had Ogbuehi projected as a first round draft pick until he blew out his knee (ACL)in the Liberty Bowl. In fact, he was rated as a first round prospect for the 2014 draft, but returned for a senior year and moved from right to left tackle," writes Frank Cooney with NFL Draft Scout, via CBS Sports. "The season was not a raging success as he appeared to be playing in manner that seemed he was trying to avoid injury rather than go all out. So the injury was all the more ironic. He was expected to be the third left tackle from Texas A&M in three years to go in the first round. Instead he joined the previous two -- Luke Joeckel and Jake Matthews -- on the Walter Camp All-America team. When healthy, Ogbuehi is a powerful run blocker and agile, athletic pass blocker, but isn't considered an enforcer, especially off his measured, 2014 season performances. He has experience at guard and depending on how he plays after rehab, that may be handy."