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Posts Tagged ‘NFL Combine.’

Bengals swap 21st pick to Patriots for 27th; grabs Wisconsin C/G Zeitler

 

Kevin Zeitler (courtesy of Wisconsin via collegepressbox.com)

The Cincinnati Bengals saw a need on their offensive line and decided to trade their 21st overall pick to the New England Patriots for the 27th pick and came up with a jewel of a player.

The player that they have coveted for months was Wisconsin guard-center Kevin Zeitler.

Bengals offensive line coach Paul Alexander says that Zeitler is like several other offensive lineman he has helped select over the years in the first round.

RT Willie Anderson in 1995, LT Levi Jones in 2002, and RT Andre Smith in 2009. This is the first time the Bengals have ever selected a guard in the first round.

At 6’3, 315-pounds Zeitler is the best of all the guards that Alexander has been able to select.

Alexander says he’s tougher than Matt O’Dwyer, as smart as Mike Goff and more tenacious as Nate Livings.

Zeitler can backup at center, and his brilliance helped him gain a 40 out of 50 on the Wonderlic test at the NFL combine. He had over a 3.0 grade point average at Wisconsin as a student-athlete. He finished in the top 20 of his high school class at Lutheran High School in Wisconsin.

 

Info compiled from NFL Draft, Wisconsin athletics, Radio & TV news

NFL DRAFT: 2010 Class loaded with potential first round picks

This year’s NFL draft is scheduled for April 23 and for the first time ever, it’ll be a three-day event.

There will be several players wishing and hoping their name will be called in the first round. Only 32 will have that dubious distinction. Included in that list is Illinois WR Aurrelious Benn.

Benn was the favorite receiver of Illimois QB  Juice Williams. The numbers from his final college season would suggest he is not worthy of the first round: 38 catches, 490 yards and 2 touchdowns. Those low numbers were more of the fact that Illinois’ offensive line didn’t give it’s quarterbacks time to get the ball down the field and not that Benn unachieved.  Plus, he also played on a sore ankle which was injured early in the season. If he had played on a better team, say Ohio State, Texas, Alabama or Penn State, he would’ve caught more than 70 balls and had more than 10 scores.

Most NFL Scouts like Benn and his potential and something you can’t coach or teach, speed. They also Benn’s size (6’2, 225), and showed excellent hands in college.

Benn needs a fantastic combine to convince teams he can make an early impact in his rookie season. If  Benn accomplishes this, there are several NFL teams that need a wide receiver of his caliber in the first round: 49ers (16th), the Ravens (25th), and the Jets (29th).  A poor combine means he would drop anywhere from second round through the 3rd.

Aurrelious Benn breaks a tackle (UI)