With the 240th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Cincinnati Bengals selected Ohio State Buckeyes offensive tackle Reid Fragel. He's the No. 13 offensive tackle, according to Dan Kadar's official SB Nation rankings of the position.
Fragel only has one season as an offensive tackle under his belt, but it was an outstanding one in 2012. Previously, he was a tight end under previous OSU coaches Luke Fickell and Jim Tressel, playing in 39 games between 2011-2011 in that capacity. When Ohio State graduated both of its starting offensive tackles heading into the 2012 season, Fragel asked to bulk up and move inside, ultimately winning the job. He started all 12 games for the undefeated Buckeyes and earned an honorable mention all-Big Ten honors for his outstanding play.
There had been murmurs for the better part of the last month that Bengals were interested in Reid Fragel (whom he'd worked out with). Some had speculated that Cincinnati might take the Buckeye in the draft's third or fourth round, but instead Fragel falls all the way to the 7th round, where the Bengals gladly scoop him up.
Particularly following the re-signing of former first rounder Andre Smith, it's unlikely Fragel will compete for anything but a backup slot, at least not in the initial going. But as he continues to learn the tackle position and keeps developing his body into that of an NFL caliber offensive lineman, given how much he progressed in a single season at the position, it's not out of question that he sticks around with the team for some time.
Cincy Jungle's Joe Goodberry did some scouting on Fragel post-combine. Here's what he had to say:
On tape, his physical upside was apparent. There were a few games where he looked promising as a mid-to-late round pick. The combine only confirmed what most thought; Fragel is on everybody's list of developmental players with a starting NFL future. I really like him and I think he'll add strength, bulk and technique with an NFL team.
Weight: 308 lbs.
Arm length: 33 inches
40-yard dash: 5.14 seconds
Bench press: 33 reps
Fragel's transformation from block first tight end to top-flight offensive tackle surprised even the most optimistic of Ohio State's faithful. If he was able to make that kind of progress in what amounted to just under a year's time, it's no surprise that an NFL team sees the high reward longer term upside. Smart money is on him playing at right tackle but he does seem to have the physical attributes which could ultimately lead to his being able to play on either side.
Check out this video of Fragel before and immediately after his being drafted by the Bengals.
SB Nation's James Brady contributed to this report.