INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 02: Offensive lineman Ryan Ramczyk of Wisconsin answers questions from the media on Day 2 of the NFL Combine at the Indiana Convention Center on March 2, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

NFL Draft: Top 5 offensive line prospects for Cincinnati Bengals

The position group with the most questions heading into 2017 is the offensive line after losing Pro Bowl tackle Andrew Whitworth and guard Kevin Zeitler in free agency.

But it’s not just the departures creating uncertainty. Tackles Cedric Ogbuehi and Jake Fisher have struggled in their two seasons since being drafted in the first and second rounds, respectively. Bringing back Andre Smith creates another list of questions, such as can the 30-year-old stay healthy and can he make the switch to playing guard.

The Bengals also have to decide if they want to move forward with center Russell Bodine, who is entering the final year of his contract, and whether guard Christian Westerman, last year’s fifth-round pick, can play after putting him on the inactive list for all 16 games last year.

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While restocking the line should be a priority for the Bengals, it’s something they’ll likely address later in the draft rather than sooner. There isn’t any true Top-10 talent available this year, and the Bengals pick ninth. But there could be as many as eight linemen off the board by the time the team picks again in the second round.

For the second part of our series previewing the draft, here is a look at five of the top prospects on the offensive line:

Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin

The 6-foot-6, 330-pound Ramczyk has moved to the top of most scouts’ rankings of available offensive linemen.

In addition to his skills, which scouts identify as great strength that allows him to knock defenders of the ball in addition to tremendous quickness that enables him to get to the second level, Ramczyk has history on his side. Since 2011, five offensive linemen from Wisconsin have been drafted in the first or second rounds, including Zeitler.

On the other hand, his own personal history may work against him some as he has just one year of experience going against top competition after transferring from Division II UW-Stevens Point.

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BOCA RATON, FL - DECEMBER 20: Forrest Lamp #76 of the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers scores a touchdown during the first half of the game against the Memphis Tigers at FAU Stadium on December 20, 2016 in Boca Raton, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)
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Forrest Lamp, OG, Western Kentucky

The 6-4, 309-pound Lamp likely will be the highest drafted Hilltopper in school history, an honor that currently belongs to Joseph Jefferson, a cornerback the Colts took in the third round in 2002.

While replacing one first-round guard (Zeitler) with another might sound like a solid plan, it’s not likely to happen unless the Bengals trade down. The Bengals pick ninth and guards rarely go in the top 10 (they got Zeitler with the 27th pick in 2012).

And there’s little chance Lamp, a four-year starter at WKU with 51 starts, is still on the board for the Bengals at 42.

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SALT LAKE CITY, UT - SEPTEMBER 01: Offensive linemen Garett Bolles #72 of the Utah Utes and teammate Ken Hampel #82 block during their game against the Southern Utah Thunderbirds at Rice-Eccles Stadium on September 1, 2016 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)
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Garett Bolles, OT, Utah

Bolles continues the trend of this year’s crop of top-tier offensive linemen having a history of playing inferior competition, but his story might be the best of the bunch. A lost teenager who was into drugs and had run-ins with the law, the 6-5, 297-pound Bolles was kicked out of his house but before turning his life around, a la The Blind Side, when he moved in with his former lacrosse coach.

Redirected to the straight and narrow, Bolles played two seasons at the JUCO level at Snow College, where he became a top recruit attracting the attention of schools like Alabama, Ohio State and Florida State.

Bolles immediately earned the starting job at Utah and went on to earn first team All-Pac 12 honors. Scouts still question his commitment to fundamentals, but if an NFL staff can drill that into Bolles, he has the upside to become a great pro.

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TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 26: Daniel Thomas #24 of the Auburn Tigers attempts to return an interception against Cam Robinson #74 of the Alabama Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Cam Robinson, OL, Alabama

Despite being a consensus All-American left tackle for the Crimson Tide, the 6-6, 322-pound Robinson is projected by many to be a better fit at guard in the NFL.

A three-year starter, Robinson has glowing game film of him dominating some of the best edge talent in the speed-rich SEC, but scouts question his balance and quickness off the snap, hence the projections at guard.

NFL teams also will be digging into Robinson’s background after he was arrested for having a stolen handgun and marijuana in his car. The charges were dropped due to a lack of evidence and Robinson underwent weekly drug tests at Alabama, but the red flag still flies.

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MUNCIE, IN - NOVEMBER 01: Western Michigan Broncos Offensive Lineman Taylor Moton (72) signals touchdown during the Mid-American Conference football game on November 1, 2016, at Scheumann Stadium in Muncie, IN. (Photo by Michael Allio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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Taylor Moton, OL, Western Michigan

Yet another player entering the league from humble beginnings, the 6-5, 319-pound Moton was a four-year starter for the Broncos, playing tackle his freshman, sophomore and senior seasons and guard as a junior.

Scouts knock him for being a “waist bender” and “head ducker” but say he got away with because he wasn’t facing elite talent in the Mid-American Conference.

His massive size and powerful blocking make him a candidate to move to guard in the NFL.

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