Analysis: For the most part, the Cincinnati Bengals' offensive line shouldn't take any steps in the wrong direction, despite the loss of Anthony Collins and myriad of new faces on the team. Those new faces include former Green Bay Packer Marshall Newhouse, fourth-round draft pick Russell Bodine and a slew of UDFAs.
In the end, I see only one of the UDFAs making the roster, and that is former Texas Longhorn Trey Hopkins. Hopkins received some time with the first team during OTAs as the Bengals' coaching staff experimented with the offensive line. While at school, Hopkins started at left guard and made appearances at right tackle. He will continue to compete to start at left guard going forward.
Part of the catch for this group of guys will be if Clint Boling is healthy enough to start the season. It would seem that since he's been the team's starter for the last couple of years, he'll get the nod at left guard, but if he isn't ready, Mike Pollack, Trey Hopkins and maybe even Tanner Hawkinson will have an opportunity to step in.
Andrew Whitworth and Andre Smith are surefire starters, as is Kevin Zeitler at right guard. Russell Bodine seems to be in line to start at center, as reported by Geoff Hobson on Bengals.com (h/t Cincy Jungle). However, don't be surprised to see Whitworth slide over to left guard and allow Newhouse to step in to start at left tackle.
On the surface, that doesn't look to be a strong possibility, but that was the setup for the Bengals after Clint Boling tore his ACL in Week 13 last season. Anthony Collins stepped in and was outstanding, and Newhouse could have the same opportunity to shine.
Mike Pollack and Tanner Hawkinson will serve as viable backups in the immediate future, but they may wind up winning over starting jobs if they perform well enough in training camp.
What to Watch For: Who in the world will start, and where will they do it? As I mentioned before, the Bengals' coaching staff did a lot of experimenting with the offensive line in OTAs, so the only known information appears to be that Zeitler and Smith will start on the right, and Whitworth will start—somewhere.
Will Svitek could make a splash with a solid preseason performance, but he's got a bit of a "journeyman" status attached to him, which is not an attractive stamp to have. UDFAs like Curtis Feigt and Dan France have yet to receive substantial first-team work unlike fellow UDFA Trey Hopkins.
At the moment, with Boling possibly being ready for the preseason, the starting lineup from left to right will likely be Whitworth-Boling-Bodine-Zeitler-Smith.
Potential Spoiler: Veterans Trevor Robinson or Will Svitek make the roster, likely sending Hopkins to the practice squad. Other spoilers on this slideshow may do the same to the former Longhorn.