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Thursday, April 26, 2012
Bengals draft G Kevin Zeitler at No. 27

By Jamison Hensley


The Cincinnati Bengals addressed the guard position by taking Wisconsin's Kevin Zeitler with the 27th overall pick.

The Bengals passed on Stanford's David DeCastro when they traded out of the No. 21 spot. Cincinnati also chose Zeitler over Georgia's Cordy Glenn, who had been linked to the Bengals.

Here's a scouting report on Zeitler from Scouts Inc.:
Pros: Displays quick and compact hands to lock on to defenders. Drives legs once in position and flashes ability to drive defenders when stays low and generating leverage. Possesses above-average instincts and football I.Q. Plays under control and takes good angles in space or when climbing to the second level. Also displays ability to adjust on the move to cover up targets in space. Does not panic when getting knocked off balance initially and flashes ability to recover and get back into position.

Cons: Can get caught lunging at times which can make him vulnerable to quicker interior rushers. Can play too high on occasion and does not have an elite inline power base to overcome and get adequate movement when pads rise up. Flashes an edge and can deliver the big block when catches defenders off guard but needs to become more of a finisher at this point. Does not back down from challenges but would like to see more of mean streak.