The big guys up front are key to the success of any team in the National Football League. there are some real bullies that are coming out of college this season. Check out the top inside offensive lineman of the 2014 draft class here.
Protection is a big concern for the Cincinnati Bengals, and a key element to the progress of developing quarterback Andy Dalton. Cincinnati’s offensive line wasn’t terrible in 2013, but there is no question it could improve. The lack of consistent strength up front showed tremendously in the first round of the postseason, where we saw QB Andy Dalton on his back before and after getting the ball off.
The Big question is, where exactly should the Bengals make addition? In 2013 the left guard position was in the air, a toss up between Kevin Zeitler and Mike Pollak. Very little consistency from the two guards, neither seemed to have locked themselves into the depth chart. Left tackle Anthony Collins really came along late in the season, and seems ready to take control of his spot, manning Dalton’s backside along with Andrew Whitworth. Left guard has to be the next upgrade on the offensive line.
Cincinnati will have good options to choose from, both early and late in the draft. Xavier Su’a-Filo is the best choice; extremely talented and quick. The former UCLA Bruin registered the third fastest 20-yard shuttle time. He is also durable and consistent. A second team All-American as well as a first team Pac-12 All-American, Xavier started all 40 games of his collegiate career after returning from a Mormon mission. According to UCLABruins.com. Su’a-Filo is the best guard on the board, and should be available for Cincinnati’s second pick. Safe to say, he could be just that.