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Bengals trade up for first time in 12 years, select center in Round Four

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The Bengals addressed a position of need in Round Four, selecting North Carolina center Russell Bodine with the No. 111 pick on Saturday.

But let’s not bury the lede here: the Bengals traded up with the Seahawks to take Bodine, and the Bengals rarely ever trade up.

As longtime team observer Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com pointed out, the Bengals hadn’t moved up in the draft since 2002, when they jumped up six spots for tight end Matt Schobel. Furthermore, Hobson noted that the Bengals, including today’s deal, have only traded up three times in team history.

The Bengals’ only other move up the board was in 1995, when they moved into the No. 1 spot for running back Ki-Jana Carter.

Anyways, back to Bodine. A two-year starter with the Tar Heels, Bodine (6-3, 310) is likely to compete with Trevor Robinson for the Bengals’ starting center job. Strength doesn’t appear to be an issue for the Bengals’ newest offensive lineman; he bench-pressed 225 pounds 42 times at the Combine.

To move up for Bodine, the Bengals traded a fourth-round pick (No. 123) and a sixth-round selection (No. 199) to Seattle, a club that’s no stranger to wheeling-and-dealing during the draft. At No. 123, the Seahawks took their second wide receiver of the draft, selecting Alabama’s Kevin Norwood.

Two receivers? That’s interesting. But a Bengals Draft Day trade up the board? Now that’s one for the scrapbook.

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8 Responses to “Bengals trade up for first time in 12 years, select center in Round Four”
  1. DonRSD says: May 10, 2014 2:13 PM

    Poor kid. Bengals trading up for a player = guaranteed bust.

  2. ed3557 says: May 10, 2014 3:01 PM

    This is actually quietly shaping up as a very solid draft for the Bengals. It’s also interesting about drafting Hill – no one listed RB as a ‘need’ – but their power running game last year was really iffy and Green-Ellis wasn’t nearly as good as he was the year before in short yardage. I suspect that Hill and Bernard will split time and Green-Ellis will be released, since the cap hit is very manageable

  3. samoanjungle says: May 10, 2014 3:58 PM

    He must be special for them to trade up – that or they are concerned about the interior line.

  4. doctorrustbelt says: May 10, 2014 6:06 PM

    Cincinnati is VERY CONCERNED about center (… and guard).

    As ed3557 said… Green Ellis was “iffy” last season.
    A LOT of that had to due with poor offensive line performance.

    Center and one guard were terrible.. and… tackles were inconsistent and sketchy, too.

  5. jdphx says: May 10, 2014 7:32 PM

    Please tell me this kid’s name is “Jethro”

  6. jdphx says: May 10, 2014 7:32 PM

    *his nickname

  7. tiggerblood says: May 10, 2014 10:27 PM

    So which tackles were sketchy? Andre was solid again and Whitworth slid to guard do to injuries. That’s the thing injuries the guard you speak of probably was playing through injury. The line is fine. What are you a doctor of? It certainly isn’t football, since your comments usually are no where close.

  8. ridnaway says: May 10, 2014 10:53 PM

    Marvin Lewis had Mike Brown tied up in a corner of the war room with an apple in his mouth….no other explanation for trading up.

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