Do the Cincinnati Bengals Need a Center?


Published: April 13, 2009

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... Hobson's article at, does Cincinnati really need to draft a center in the NFL Draft two weeks from now? To me it's a no-brainer—absolutely!

Ever since the retirement of Rich Braham in 2006, the Bengals' offensive line hasn't been up to par with their '04 and '05 seasons. At that time, the Bengals' offensive line was regarded as one of the best in the NFL.

Fast forward to the 2008 season and there are only two remaining members from that offensive line—Levi Jones and Bobbie Williams.

It is easy to blame Carson Palmer's knee injury for the reason the Bengals haven't made it back to the playoffs since the '05 season, but don't forget, Rich Braham was injured in the second game of '06. He retired that year, leaving a void at arguably the most important position on the offensive line.

In 2005, the Bengals decided to draft Eric Ghiaciuc in the fourth round out of Central Michigan. After Braham wen...

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