The Andy Furman Podcast: Longtime sports writer Alex Marvez talks about the Bengals draft

Posted at 2:15 PM, May 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-05 15:40:29-04

It's a question fans and sports columnists have pondered since last week's NFL Draft: Why didn't the Bengals draft an offensive lineman in the first round?

The Bengals offensive line struggled to protect quarterback Andy Dalton and pave the way for running backs Giovanni Bernard and Jeremy Hill. Then in the offseason, the team lost its two best lineman to free agency -- Andrew Whitworth and Kevin Zeitler.

SiriusXM NFL Radio host & Sporting News NFL columnist Alex Marvez said the Bengals could have spent more time looking to address the offensive line in the draft. But there were not top talented offensive linemen in the draft.

"The reason they didn't draft a tackle at (pick No.) nine is that the value wasn't there," said Marvez to Andy Furman on The Andy Furman Podcast.

The first offensive lineman taken in the draft was Garrett Bolles, who the Denver Broncos selected with the 20th pick.

It was the first time an offensive lineman wasn't taken in the first 15 picks in NFL Draft history.

Instead, the Bengals selected wide receiver John Ross in the first round and running back Joe Mixon in the second round.

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