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Bengals should look up I-71 for help Friday night

A couple of Ohio State Buckeyes could be great value picks for the Cincinnati Bengals in the second and third rounds of the NFL draft Friday night.

Interior offensive lineman Pat Elflein is the 21st-best player still available according to .

He is one of a large group of linemen in the top 30, behind Alabama tackle Cam Robinson, Western Kentucky guard Forrest Lamp and Indiana’s Dan Feeney.

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Not far behind Elflein are Ethan Pocic of LSU and Dorian Johnson of Pitt.

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Elflein is listed as a center — which can lead to guys dropping if that is the only position they can play — but he was a standout at guard as well at Ohio State for two years before moving to the middle. 

Ohio State's Mike Weber, left, and Pat Elflein celebrate a touchdown against Rutgers on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, at Ohio Stadium in Columbus. David Jablonski/Staff

Linebacker Raekwan McMillan is the 36th best player still on the board. There are a handful of linebackers ahead of him, so it will be interesting to see where those players go as the night wears on.

McMillan was a five-star prospect coming out of high school who ended up being a two-year starter in the middle of the Ohio State defense.

Interior offensive line and linebacker are two spots the Bengals might not have glaring holes but could at least use strong competition to raise the level of play compared to last season.

Source: 2017 NFL Draft: Best remaining prospects -

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Marcus Hartman has been a digital sports columnist and reporter at Cox Media Group Ohio since 2016. 

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