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The Cincinnati Bengals are unlikely to retain backup swing tackle Anthony Collins, given his stellar performance last season as a starter in the wake of left guard Clint Boling's injury. Cincinnati will not have the cash to compete on the open market.
With that in mind, offensive line is a major priority for the Bengals, especially with a quarterback like Andy Dalton under center, who struggles when pressured consistently.
A player to groom as the eventual replacement for Andrew Whitworth is the idea this year, and that can happen at literally any round in the draft.
One name to watch this week is Ohio State tackle Jack Mewhort. CBS Sports' Rob Rang sang his praises after drills:
Mewhort utilizes every inch of his tall, stout frame (6-foot-6, 306 pounds) and large winspan (80 1/4") to engulf and control rushers. Based off tape and his performance in Mobile this week, Mewhort looks every bit the part of a future starting right tackle in the NFL.
Other names to watch include Mississippi State's Gabe Jackson, who can play any spot on the interior. With center a need, he may be a possibility for Cincinnati, but he will be gone in the first 50 picks, per Bleacher Report's Matt Miller:
While this is a small sampling of the overall talent in the offensive trenches in this year's draft, the week-long festivities may give the Bengals an underrated player to steal come draft day.