After trading down with the New England Patriots, the Cincinnati Bengals selected Wisconsin guard Kevin Zeitler. The pick went away from the conventional wisdom that favored Stanford's David DeCastro (drafted by Pittsburgh) and Georgia's Cordy Glenn.
Zeitler's Senior Bowl performance was said to have captivated Bengals' offensive line coach Paul Alexander. His performance at Wisconsin was a major part of the Badgers' explosive ground game which put up over 40 points per game. According the NFL Draft Report Statistics, Zeitler led college football with 142 knockdown blocks and 33 blocks that led to touchdowns.
The pick addresses an obvious need on the Bengals' offensive line, one already helped by signing free agents Travelle Wharton and Jacob Bell. Zeitler should compete with Bell and second year guard Clint Boling for a starting position this season.
By trading back to get Zeitler, the Bengals also picked up an additional third round draft pick.
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