August 20, 2014

Changing of the Guards?

One of the Bengals’ biggest needs heading into the offseason is an upgrade at the guard position. Both of them.

Help might arrive in Round 1 of the draft with a pair of highly-touted prospects who could end up in Cincinnati’s stripes. Georgia guard Cordy Glenn is currently ranked No. 12 on Mel Kiper’s Big Board. Glenn is massive at 6-5 and 348 pounds and has some versatility as well, having played both guard and tackle in his college career. Plus, the Bengals have a history with players from Georgia, from last year’s selections of A.J. Green and Clint Boling to Geno Atkins, David Pollack, Odell Thurman and Robert Geathers. So there’s a familiarity with Georgia players and their coaches.

The other guard who is a potential Round 1 pick is Stanford’s Dave DeCastro. DeCastro is a little lighter at 6-5, 310 pounds, but he’s considered to be a good run blocker, which is essential in the AFC North.

Either player would be a nice addition to a Bengals offensive line that needs to be retooled. My hunch is that the Bengals would probably rank Glenn higher. They seem to favor huge players, especially those with versatility, and they also like those from power conferences, and none is more powerful than the SEC.

It’s still too early to make a wise prediction for the draft, but either player could be a fairly educated guess. And they would also help pave the way for a much needed changing of the guards.