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Bengals draft guard Kevin Zeitler at No. 27

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The Cincinnati Bengals dropped out of the 21st pick in a trade down with New England. Back on the clock at No. 27, the Bengals drafted guard Kevin Zeitler out of Wisconsin.

Zeitler isn’t a great athlete, but he is a mauling run blocker who played in a Wisconsin system that annually produces solid offensive linemen low on “bust factor.”

The Bengals needed interior line help after parting with Nate Livings and Bobbie Williams in free agency, and Zeitler projects as their likely Week One starter at right guard. Free agent pickup Travelle Wharton figures to replace Livings on the left side.

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19 Responses to “Bengals draft guard Kevin Zeitler at No. 27”
  1. eddiemeredith says: Apr 26, 2012 10:46 PM

    arguably better than Decastro. great pick

  2. itsmebobd says: Apr 26, 2012 10:47 PM

    Good pick, but I sure hope the 3rd round pick (93 overall) we got from new england along with zeitler, combine to be a better addition to the team than decastro alone. I highly doubt this will happen, but we shall see. Moving down usually doesn’t hurt, and we may again have our first 2 picks be rookie pro bowlers, and even the slight possibility of them both going, such as green and dalton did this year. Only time will tell, I just hope this isn’t the move down similar to chris perry, when we passed on steven jackson.

  3. whodeytn says: Apr 26, 2012 10:53 PM

    Solid first round by Cincy

  4. whodey28 says: Apr 26, 2012 10:55 PM

    Hope it was worth the extra third round pick to not take Decastro. Only time will tell.

  5. drbandkgb says: Apr 26, 2012 11:07 PM

    Im very happy with the 1st round.. Very unlike PBJR to not go flashy in the 1st.. The past 2 or 3 drafts have been well done..

    We fill 2 needs tonight and pick up some picks..

  6. shaunypoo says: Apr 26, 2012 11:11 PM

    He is a little weaker pass blocking than DeCastro, but a fantastic run blocker. I was actually looking at Glenn with that pick, but he slid all the way out of the first.

  7. johnnyb1976 says: Apr 26, 2012 11:22 PM

    I’ve got the same feeling about this first round as I did a few years ago when they took Andre smith… I hope I’m wrong.

  8. bigfootballfan says: Apr 26, 2012 11:27 PM

    Skipping Decatro (who Pitt deemed worthy) and going for Zeitler is quite a risk. A risk mostly for the Bengal’s fan’s faith in Alexander. If this is his next miss the fans will chant for his firing. Quite a good pick for Pitt. You couldn’t have rubbed our noses in it more.

  9. t8ertot says: Apr 26, 2012 11:33 PM

    Here’s hoping decastro is a bust

  10. morgan420 says: Apr 26, 2012 11:35 PM

    i would have not traded and taken decastro instead of his goin to the steelers so he can gaurd our weak ass d line

  11. beelicker says: Apr 26, 2012 11:38 PM

    You’d have to surmise Paul Alexander must have evaluated this guy over both DeCastro & Glenn (who seemed the more Alexanderish of those 2).

    Being in the 1st round here says to me the OL coach is totally owning this pick … so Marvin luuuuvs Upshaw was all just some big smokescreen?

  12. whodeybytches says: Apr 27, 2012 12:08 AM

    Not to talk back to a fellow Bengal fan, but our d line is not that weak in my opinion, yes we need SOME help there, but Atkins and Dunlap aren’t to be f***ed with. Peko is slightly above average, I feel one solid second or third rounder (hopefully making up for passing on DeCastro) will put us is great position

  13. st1llerz1 says: Apr 27, 2012 12:14 AM

    I thought the differences between Zeitler and DeCastro were absolutely evident when they played their respective highlight reels after the picks were made. Zeitler is a mauler and can’t adjust nearly as well when he pulls. He also doesn’t have the fluid feet DeCastro does in pass blocking.

    It’s nice to see Cincy relevent again in the AFC North, but I have to say a huge “Thank You” for dropping DeCastro into our laps! The best thing about DeCastro is that he has one mean and nasty streak! LOVE IT!!!

    GO STEELERS!

  14. morgan420 says: Apr 27, 2012 12:28 AM

    i mean yeah thats true and in dont disrespecting zeitler hes a solid run blocker from a solid offensive scheme i just would have taken decastro

  15. vincentbojackson says: Apr 27, 2012 12:45 AM

    They took a gamble trading back and hoped DeCastro would still slide to them.

    They went bust and now they’ll have to face him twice a year after gift wrapping him for the Steelers.

  16. steelcityrapist says: Apr 27, 2012 1:30 AM

    F THE steel3rs

  17. whodey2038 says: Apr 27, 2012 1:34 AM

    Was the third round pick really worth letting decastro fall to a division rival? I just remember all too well the dontay moch, Brandon ghee and chase Coffman picks. I like zietler but have no faith in mikey boy using the extra pick

  18. midwestpulse says: Apr 27, 2012 4:31 AM

    Zeitler is a mauler who will do work in cincy. Being a wisky native and pack fan for life, my (favorite) uncle is a huge cincy (bungels) fan.

    Awesome pick. Not sexy, but much like joe thomas, this is a pick where you take and don’t have to worry about for the next 10 yrs. Can play center too!

  19. whodeytn says: Apr 27, 2012 6:55 AM

    I thought the differences between Zeitler and DeCastro were absolutely evident when they played their respective highlight reels after the picks were made. Zeitler is a mauler and can’t adjust nearly as well when he pulls. He also doesn’t have the fluid feet DeCastro does in pass blocking.

    It’s nice to see Cincy relevent again in the AFC North, but I have to say a huge “Thank You” for dropping DeCastro into our laps! The best thing about DeCastro is that he has one mean and nasty streak! LOVE IT!!!

    GO STEELERS!
    ——

    Really. Nobody cares.

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