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Posted: July 13 2019,03:47

One of the NFL Draft’s most impressive athletes worked out in front of the entire league at Ole Miss’ pro day."The Bengals and the rest of the NFL stayed in the state of Mississippi on Friday after attending Mississippi State’s pro day on Wednesday to check out the pro day at Ole Miss.While Ole Miss’ defense completely lost the swagger of past squads that possessed Boomer Esiason Jersey , the offensive side of the ball is where the discourse is centered around in this draft class for the Rebels Landsharks. The wide receiver trio of D.K. Metcalf, A.J. Brown and DeMarkus Lodge will all be drafted, with Metcalf a lock for the first half of the first round after he ran a 4.33 40-yard dash at 6’3” and 228 pounds. Metcalf has some dominating tape for a redshirt sophomore, but production/durability questions likely take him out of the conversation for the top five. Still, an absolute freak of an athlete who’s just 21 years old, Metcalf won’t have to wait long until he hears his name called. Brown, who’s own combine performance at 6’0” 226 pounds was impressive in his own right, produced at a much higher level than Metcalf but wins in different ways and has a lower perceived ceiling than his former teammate. Quincy Enunwa has been a prevalent comparison to Brown in terms of playing style, and teams may feel like they can wait on drafting a player of that caliber until the top of the second round.Lodge acted as the third option in Ole Miss’ offense until a neck injury ended Metcalf’s season. The former five-star recruit took advantage of the opportunity but a middling combine performance likely caps his stock in the middle rounds.If three receivers weren’t enough, tight end Dawson Knox also has a case to be a top-100 pick next month. Knox is an explosive athlete in the thick of an incredible class of tight ends. 39 career catches without a single touchdown is concerning, but teams are hoping the loaded offense he was a part of was the primary reason for this red flag.Throwing the ball to all of these playmakers was quarterback Jordan Ta’amu, who projects as a day three pick. 2018 was Ta’amu’s first year starting and it showed at times. How else do you explain just 19 touchdowns in this stacked offense? The odds of Ta’amu becoming a long-term starter are slim, but some team will want him as a developmental project, which could fit the Bengals’ market.Ta’amu had two draftable offensive lineman protecting him in left tackle Greg Little and interior lineman Javon Patterson. At one point Jordan Evans Jersey White , Little was considered a first-round talent, but a poor combine performance and inconsistent tape has dwindled that hype considerably. Patterson could be like his former teammate and current Bengals guard Rod Taylor and become a value pick late on day three. Both could be options for the Bengals at their respective ranges. After dominating the Senior Bowl and the NFL combine, Montez Sweat is on track to be a top-10 pick. If he’s not, the Bengals become a serious contender to draft him."Two years ago, wide receiver prospect John Ross ran himself into the top 10 picks of the NFL Draft thanks to his record-breaking 4.22 40-yard dash. While defensive end Montez Sweat isn’t quite that fast, he may very well find himself coming off the board in the exact same range as Ross did.A tremendous showing at the NFL combine (headlined by his 4.41 40 time) is what established Sweat as a bonafide first-round prospect. Solid production, strong tape and positional value is what elevates him into the discussion just outside the first handful of picks. Every team needs more pass rushers, and the Bengals can’t pretend to be an exception. Sweat has a résumé that the NFL will always value. If not for names like Nick Bosa and Josh Allen, it may not even be a discussion if Sweat is gone after the first 10 picks.Ahead of the draft, we’re doing an ‘11 for 11’ series making the case for 11 different players for the Bengals’ No. 11 overall pick.Up first, here’s why the Bengals should take Sweat with the 11th overall pick:Outside of linebacker and offensive tackle, defensive end is a sneaky need for the Bengals. Carl Lawson is coming off of a torn ACL and Jordan Willis hasn’t proven much in two seasons. Now that Michael Johnson is gone, there is very little depth behind Carlos Dunlap and Johnson’s presumed replacement Sam Hubbard.Even if Lawson is going to make a full recovery, edge rushers should always be in consideration for a franchise’s first-round pick Boomer Esiason Jersey White , especially one that’s missed the playoffs forthree consecutive seasons.In a draft class that’s utterly front-loaded with talent on the defensive line, Sweat has managed to rise near the top and separate himself from the second-tier players at his position.Even with multiple pass rushers set to come off the board before the Bengals select, Sweat would very easily be one of the highest ranked players available.Sweat ran the fastest 40-yard dash for a defensive lineman in the history of the combine. His vertical jump (36”), broad jump (10’5”), 3-cone drill (7.00) and short shuttle (4.29) all ranked in the top-six for edge rushers at Indianapolis this past March. Sweat posted those numbers after measuring in at a hair under 6’6”, 260 with 35.75” arms, 10.5” hands and a marvelous 84.75” wingspan.In his two seasons at Mississippi State, Sweat has accounted for 22 of his defense’s 75 sacks (29.33% market share)and 29.5 of 189 tackles for loss (15.6% market share).More than just a pass disrupter, no draft-eligible edge defender had a higher run-stop percentage (12.7%) than Sweat in 2018, per Pro Football Focus. With a frontline that already has Lawson, Dunlap, Hubbard and Geno Atkins, not to mention a promising secondary, the addition of Sweat could make this Bengals defense elite Carlos Dunlap Jersey White , despite flaws at linebacker. Here’s why the Bengals should pass on Sweat with the 11th overall pick:Despite having positional value, selecting Sweat over either Devin White or Devin Bush at linebacker would be quite the controversial move. NFL teams don’t purely draft best player available in the first round, the Bengals proved that fact last year.Sweat isn’t universally ranked high. PFF has him as only their 46th best player.It can be argued that Sweat’s combine performance wasn’t indicative of the athleticism he showed on the field in pads. His lack of bend around the edge is a notable flaw of his. The Bengals only have to look at Willis for a similar discrepancy. While his production was decent, it wasn’t dominant. Even at SEC programs, the best NFL prospects dominate the box scores for their collegiate unit. Sweat’s production keeps the possibility of a high quality career alive, but far from a certainty. There will be at least two edge rushers taken before Sweat no matter when he’s drafted. For the Bengals, who lack sufficient talent at multiple positions on their roster, adding Sweat would likely mean declining the chance of adding the best player at another position of need.The Bengals have shown clear interest in drafting a defensive lineman early, and Sweat is arguably the best one they’ve met with over the last few weeks. If he remains available, he belongs in the most likely outcomes at 11th overall.
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