Round 5, No. 176: J.J. Dielman, C, Utah.

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The Bengals have said that they are fine with the players on their offensive line, despite a 2016 season in which they allowed 41 sacks. The two best players on the line, Kevin Zeitler and Andrew Whitworth, departed in free agency. Despite their public confidence, the Bengals can’t be completely confident in the offensive line going forward, so it was slightly surprising they only took one lineman in the fifth round.

How he fits: The Bengals don’t appear concerned about Dielman’s medical history after he missed the combine with a broken foot. Dielman says he’s close to 100 percent. He could end up playing at any position on the offensive line. Bengals offensive line coach Paul Alexander says he’s comfortable putting him at center, guard or tackle, so Dielman projects to be a swing lineman.

 

 

 

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