BengalszoneBilly Posted April 5, 2008 Report Share Posted April 5, 2008 I'll ALWAYS advocate drafting good linemen! Food for thought:Bengals draft buzz: 1st round OT a mustBy Chick Ludwig | Thursday, March 27, 2008, 12:39 PMPRIORITY NO. 1: PROTECT CARSON PALMERYou name the area, any area, and the Cincinnati Bengals need help.Not just at one position, but everywhere …… everywhere except quarterback, where Carson Palmer and Ryan Fitzpatrick are 1-2 with Jeff Rowe (I call him “Jethro”) and Jordan Palmer battling it out for No. 3.Folks, I’m here to tell ya that I’m absolutely, positively convinced the Bengals should-must-will draft an offensive tackle with the No. 9 overall pick in the first round of the 2008 NFL draft on April 26.Why? Because left tackle Levi Jones and right tackle Willie Anderson are hobbling around on bum knees and likely won’t be able to play a 16-game season.And because Stacy Andrews, anointed with the franchise tag ($7.455 million), refuses to sign a long-term contract and will likely leave in 2009 as an unrestricted free agent.The team’s No. 1 priority must always be keeping Palmer well-protected. That’s why an athletic OT is the way to go in the first round. Other needs (DT, C, LB, FS, SS, KR) can be addressed later.REPEAT OF LEVI IN 2002Remember back in 2002? The Bengals got RIPPED by ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. and Chris Berman for selecting Levi Jones No. 10 overall. They needed a LT desperately, and Jones turned out to be an excellent pick.It’s time to pull the trigger again.Of course, conventional wisdom says to select the best defensive tackle available in the first round because the run defense is so weak.Either LSU’s Glenn Dorsey or USC’s Sedrick Ellis should be there.I say, “DON’T DO IT”The top pick should be one of the following: Boise State’s Ryan Clady, Vanderbilt’s Chris Williams, Pitt’s Jeff Otah or Boston College’s Gosder Cherilus.Readers should feel free to spank me if I’m wrong. But the more I look at it, the better an OT looks! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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