From Walter Football:
Cincinnati Bengals: Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama
The Bengals signed Karlos Dansby to be their second linebacker last offseason. Dansby wasn't horrible, but his play from 2015 definitely declined, and he's now a free agent anyway. Cincinnati could definitely target Reuben Foster at No. 9 overall, especially if it thinks he's the best player available.
Foster is obviously a stud linebacker worthy of being a top-10 selection. The only concern with him is that he has suffered multiple concussions already, but Marvin Lewis has repeatedly stated that he doesn't believe in concussions, so I don't think the Bengals will care.
From Matt Miller:
The Pick: LB Reuben Foster, Alabama
Getting younger, faster and smarter at linebacker has to be a top-tier priority for the Cincinnati Bengals this offseason. Adding a plug-and-play stud like Reuben Foster accomplishes that in one pick.
Foster's range, instincts and tackling skill set are among the best you'll see at middle linebacker in college. He's tailor-made for the pro game with his speed to the edge and what he's been asked to do as the "Mike" linebacker for Alabama. Compared to former Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley, I like Foster's upside and athleticism more.
The Bengals are well-positioned on the offensive line and with skill position players on offense, but fixing the defense will be something Marvin Lewis and his staff cannot ignore or put off.
From ProFootballFocus: (They have the Bengals moving up 2 spots for this pick)
Cincinnati Bengals: Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan
Losing WR Marvin Jones has hurt the pass game this season and Davis brings the draft’s best route running to complement WR A.J. Green on the other side. Davis can get open at the short and intermediate level while sprinkling in the spectacular catch as well. He’ll give QB Andy Dalton a reliable target who can get open quickly to take the burden off the suddenly poor offensive line.
9. Cincinnati Bengals: Reuben Foster, MLB, Alabama
The Bengals are one of the teams picking high in the draft that only need a couple key pieces to return to the playoffs. A player like Foster could step in straight away and make an impact in the middle of the defense.
Cincinnati Bengals: Solomon Thomas, Edge, Stanford
Solomon Thomas is the name that continues to be linked with Cincinnati. The Bengals may choose to trade back for more picks which could make sense, but with such a poor year of getting to the quarterback it would be hard to pass up on a game changer like Thomas. Margus Hunt is a failed aging project who Cincy is not likely to bring back as he hits Free Agency --unless they keep him around strictly for blocking kicks. Michael Johnson proved with his height and slight frame he is just not built to win leverage against NFL offensive linemen. Thomas is a gym rat with elite physical attributes who also has a great understanding of using his hand placement to shed blockers. He plays the run game well, but makes a living coming off the edge and harassing QBs. Thomas is also a versatile player with the ability to play all across the defensive front; giving him a tremendous amount of value. He's an immediate upgrade to the position and will help improve the defense as a whole from Day One.
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