With their first pick in the Draft last month, the Bengals finally took some steps to shore up a very porous front five that had QB Carson Palmer running for his life the little amount of time he played .This front five has been in a state of flux for a long while and with the losses of Stacey Andrews and Levi Jones and the "retirement " of Left tackle fixture Willie Anderson, the line needs a huge overhaul.
Smith himself comes with A great deal of baggage when it comes to his weight and with all of the other things. but even with all of that he still was Number one on most people's list. The problem that seems to go unnoticed is the center . Since the retirement of Rich Brahm a couple of years ago and letting Eric Steinbach go up north, can anyone say Max Montoya, the front five of the Bengals have been perpetual state of flux. Add to this Jones's Knees finally giving out and Willie not being in their long term plans . its been a mess and the days of plugging bodies into slots ala Jim Mcnally are long gone.
for this to work the running game has to come first. When you can develop an consistent Running game it will take that much more pressure off of Palmer and then he can have more time to throw the ball. Cedric Benson is a good start , but they will need to have someone to spell him and that person has yet to emerge from the pack.
the long and short is, this team will go as far as the offensive line will take them as a unit. And for them to function as A unit they have a long way to go and a shourt time to get there.