Bengals pick Texas A&M offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi in first round

No. 21 (Cincinnati): Cedric Ogbuehi, offensive tackle, Texas A&M
(David J. Phillip / Associated Press)

The Cincinnati Bengals drafted Texas A&M offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi with the 21st overall selection of the first round of the NFL draft, a nod toward the age of veteran left tackle Andrew Whitworth.

Ogbuehi is capable of lining up at right tackle and eventually taking over for Whitworth on the left side protecting the blind side of quarterback Andy Dalton.

Ogbuehi is a 6-foot-5, 306-pound tackle who bench pressed 225 pounds 23 times at the NFL scouting combine, a bit weak for an offensive lineman. He has long arms and big hands, though.

Ogbuehi was a third-team All-American selection and a first-team All-Southeastern Conference selection despite allowing seven sacks last season.

He isn't 100 percent healthy after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in the bowl game against West Virginia.

He started at right tackle as a junior and right guard as a sophomore when he blocked for Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel.

He was a two-time all-state selection at Allen High School in Texas and a U.S. Army All-American.


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