Bengals will play second-rounder Jackson Carman at guard

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The Bengals had a chance to take tackle Penei Sewell with the fifth overall pick in the draft, but opted for wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase and then traded down in the second round before selecting some protection for 2020’s first overall pick.

Jackson Carman blocked for 2021’s first overall pick Trevor Lawrence as the left tackle at Clemson, but he’s set to play another spot in front of Joe Burrow. After signing Riley Reiff to go with Jonah Williams at tackles, the Bengals are kicking Carman inside to play guard.

“He’s an AFC North physical, powerful offensive lineman who is very athletic,” director of college scouting Mike Potts said. “The way this division is set up, this is a physical line of scrimmage division. He’s got a lot of things going for him. He’s a tackle with guard flexibility. He’s extremely intelligent. People say, ‘You’ve never seen him play guard.’ But with all the research we did on him, we know he’s smart enough to do it.”

Keeping Burrow upright is a necessity for the Bengals in 2021 and beyond. If Carman can help in that effort at any spot, his selection will be a clear win for Cincinnati.

6 responses to “Bengals will play second-rounder Jackson Carman at guard

  1. Him or Walker Little could be the steal of the draft when it comes to OL.

  2. The Bengals oline woes actually stem from the interior. Watch video on this kid, he moves like a cat, at 330 lbs! We now have LG filled. Also drafting D Smith in the 4th round can be another steal once he puts on another 10-15 lbs. Great draft getting all these trench players. Been overlooked fat too long.

  3. Seems like 80% of the tackles that get drafted wind up playing guard. Tackle is hard to play, which is why they get paid more and drafted higher.

  4. The Bengals haven’t addressed the OL problems for years. It’s been horrible going back many years. It’s hard to throw a football when your QB keeps getting harassed. I’m sure Bengals fan are hoping this year will be different.

  5. The Bengals haven’t addressed the OL problems for years. It’s been horrible going back many years. It’s hard to throw a football when your QB keeps getting harassed. I’m sure Bengals fan are hoping this year will be different.
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    Not exactly true.
    Drafted Texas A&M Tackle Cedric Ogbuehi 21 overall in 2015. He was just a spiritless bum. If he had any passiion for the game he would still be in the middle of a good career.

    Drafted Ohio State Center Billy Price 21 overall in 2018. Blame it on injuries or what ever, but he has been a bust.

    Drafted Alabama Tackle Jonah Williams 11 in 2019 overall, Injuries have slowed his progress.

    Those three picks very easily could have been the anchor to a good offensive line. The Bengals for what ever reason seem to be snake bitten recently when drafting O-line early in the draft. That’s one reason I was OK with them taking Chase or Pitts if he would have been available over Sewell or any other O-line.

  6. Your forgot to mention Eric Fisher drafted very early in the 2nd round. Right behind Ogbuehe. Coincidence he was from Oregon? Dude was supposed to be the RT of the future. Converted to TE as a last gasp effort to stay in the NFL. #failure.

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