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Breaking Through: Cedric Ogbuehi, Cincinnati Bengals

With training camps underway, Realsport looks at the breakout candidates for each team. See if you agree with our choices


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The Bengals have had one of the best offensive lines in the past 3 or 4 years, with no real weakness at any spot. Andrew Whitworth is one of the best left tackles in the league, despite now entering his 11th season, Clint Boling and Kevin Zeitler have both been solid at guard since they were drafted and the same can be said about Russell Bodine at center. The same could be said about Andre Smith at right tackle, but he has now left for Minnesota in Free Agency, leaving veteran journeyman Eric Winston with the right tackle spot, and that isn’t something the Bengals will want going into an important season.

In the 2015 Draft the Bengals spent their first round pick on Cedric Ogbuehi, though probably to be the ageing Whitworth’s replacement, they’ll be thankful they did so as he figures to slide over to right tackle to replace Andre Smith.

In his time at Texas A&M, thanks to both Luke Joeckel and Jake Matthew, Ogbuehi has played all over the offensive line so it won’t be a big transition for him. Furthermore, he is exceptionally athletic and displays all of the tools to be a dominant tackle at the NFL level. In fact, he was possibly the best offensive tackle in that draft class.

One reason he slid to the Bengals in that draft is that he was coming off a significant knee injury which would likely cost him his 2015 season, which it did. Therefore, there is no guarantee that his play won’t be affected.

If his play isn’t effected, or even if it is a little, he’ll be an excellent pass blocker for Dalton, especially for a right tackle, and if he has gotten a bit stronger, he should be absolutely more than capable of creating room for both Gio Bernard and Jeremy Hill to run.


Remy Cabache

Lifetime sports fan. I have written with RealSport since the NFL section started and I have also written for my own blog, EbonyBird.com and I have had several articles published in local newspapers covering my local (American) football team.

Breaking Through: Cedric Ogbuehi, Cincinnati Bengals

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