If you’re following the NFL Combine this weekend in Indianapolis, two offensive linemen have solidified their status as first-round prospects. Stanford guard Dave DeCastro has reportedly looked impressive with the on-field drills and Georgia’s Cordy Glenn has done pretty well with some of the athletic tests, running the 40-yard dash in 5.15 second and lifting 225-pounds 31 times.
Much of Bengaldom has been salivating over DeCastro, who seems to be rated a bit higher, but Glenn probably makes more sense. Glenn has experience at tackle, but could also play guard at the next level. He’s certainly big enough for both positions at 345 pounds, about 30 pounds heavier than DeCastro. Thus, with Glenn, the Bengals would get a player who could step in immediately at guard, but also serve as insurance at tackle, which is important considering that Anthony Collins is a free agent and Andre Smith is reportedly entering the last year of his rookie deal. Glenn also has the benefit of having faced consistently better competition, as most people view the SEC as the country’s best football conference.
I have a feeling that the Bengals might be thinking the same way. The team has a history with Georgia players (Geathers, Pollack, Thurman, Atkins, Green, etc.), seems to favor massive linemen, and also values versatility. (Remember when Andrew Whitworth was a guard?).
So if I’m predicting a lineman for the Bengals in April’s draft, I’d guess they go with Glenn.
And that’s not a bad thing.