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Here's what Bengals draft pick Cedric Ogbuehi does well

CINCINNATI -- It may take time for some to warm to the idea of the Cincinnati Bengals selecting injured offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi in the first round.

But not the Bengals' coaching staff. They are as proud of the pick as can be.

"We really felt he was a guy with tremendous potential and a tremendous future and an opportunity to be very, very good," coach Marvin Lewis said.

Offensive line coach Paul Alexander echoed those sentiments, adding that had it not been for the left ACL tear Ogbuehi suffered in Texas A&M's bowl win over West Virginia in December, the Bengals, at No. 21, probably wouldn't have been in the running for Ogbuehi. Although he had a rocky senior season, Ogbuehi may have been the most talented and technically sound offensive tackle in the draft before his injury.

Cincinnati is banking on him being that player once his rehab is complete.

What does Ogbuehi do well? He's versatile, athletic, nimble and quite good at opening running lanes.

"Being there at Texas A&M, he's played both sides of the line -- both tackles and guard -- so there's a lot of flexibility in his play in the past," Lewis said. "He's just a huge man with big, long length and a huge [wing] span. You watch how he protects all the time, and he's violent as a run-blocker."

Ogbuehi was such a dominant run-blocker last season that he ranked eighth in run-block efficiency among all college offensive tackles, according to College Football Focus. The new college football version of Pro Football Focus rated him at a 94.4 run-block efficiency percentage. Georgia Southern's Garrett Frye paced the nation last year with a 96.9 run-block efficiency percentage, and former Miami tackle Ereck Flowers ranked second. A Bengals pre-draft target, Flowers went ninth to the New York Giants on Thursday night.

CFF credited Ogbuehi's long arms as a reason he was so adept as a run-blocker.

Ogbuehi's 6-foot-5, 306-pound frame is a little light for Bengals offensive tackles, but it still is good NFL size. Don't be surprised if he's eventually asked to bulk up, but he could play at his current weight and thrive.

While the likelihood of Ogbuehi playing often this season isn't high right now, Alexander mentioned something in his post-pick news conference that bodes well for Ogbuehi seeing some action once he's healthy.

"I would think, the moment he's ready, he'll jump in there and be like a big tight end or something to start out," Alexander said. "And where he goes from there, who knows?"

Essentially down two tight ends, the Bengals could be desperate for help with extra in-line blockers this season. Much of it depends on what the Bengals do about drafting tight ends Friday and Saturday and if Jermaine Gresham ultimately comes back as a free agent. The latter has a smaller chance of happening.

At times last season the Bengals tinkered with using linemen as extra tight end-like blockers. So using Ogbuehi that way wouldn't be foreign. If his pro run-block efficiency will be anything like his college one, such a move with those long arms would make sound sense.