After spending the last few years running over the competition in college football, it is no surprise that we see yet another Wisconsin O-lineman given high grades in the scouting process.
Coming from a Badgers program with a strong reputation for churning out quality offensive linemen, Kevin Zeitler is very technically sound. He is at his best on the second level when taking on linebackers.
The downside to Zeitler's game is that he can sometimes lose body control and whiff on blocks. He is at his best when his assignment is in close proximity so he does not have to rely on his iffy body control to get his hands on the defender.
Here is and excerpt from NFL.com's scouting report on Zeitler:
Zeitler has been a regular starter when healthy over the past three years on extremely productive offensive lines at Wisconsin...Zeitler is well coached and technical in his pass set. He has second- or third-round value due because of his experience playing on a productive line and being polished enough to play early.
Zeitler has a somewhat lower ceiling in terms of upside and will probably not dominate in the NFL, but he is well coached and should be able to play right away. He could provide excellent value to any team looking for an immediate starter at the guard position.
The Bengals bolster their interior offensive line, and ultimately their run game, with the selection of Kevin Zeitler at no. 27. Like DeCastro to Pittsburgh, Zeitler will be punishing defensive linemen in the AFC North for years to come.