CINCINNATI — The Bengals have plenty of offensive line options in the 2021 NFL Draft. They could take Oregon lineman Penei Sewell at No. 5. They could also address their need in the trenches on day two and three of the draft.
Alabama center Landon Dickerson is one of the top interior linemen in this year's class. He was a prime candidate to go off the board any where from picks 24-40, but his stock is dropping due to medical concerns according to Tony Pauline of the Pro Football Network.
"Several teams I’ve spoken with tell me they would not draft Dickerson in the first five rounds due to medical concerns," Pauline wrote. "The long-term effects of prior injuries are as much of a concern as the short-term possibility of suffering a major injury again. I’ve also learned that several teams gave Dickerson a medical grade of 3-minus off medicals, the equivalent of a C-minus in letter grades."
Dickerson is still recovering from a torn ACL he suffered in Alabama's win over Florida in the SEC Title Game last December. Unfortunately, that isn't the only injury that he's suffered on the field.
Dickerson also tore his right ACL during his freshman year at Florida State. He also suffered two major ankle injuries during his college career.
If Dickerson falls to day three of the draft, then it's strictly about his health. He's a great athlete and arguably the best interior lineman in this class.
The Bengals and the rest of the NFL have to decide when he'll be worth the risk, given his lengthy injury history.
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