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My take on the Bengals SS position after watching the college tape.

Mays- Good vs run Can blow up players. Takes horrible angles to often. Lowers his head that causes wiffs. Always looking for the big play, not playing the ball. Very very good when the qb takes off. And watched him take out his own lb in college too.

Williams- Doesnt attack, lets plays come to him instead of shooting in. Can play ok coverage on whats infront of him, but once his back is turned its over. Jumps the smart routes, but not always right. Watched him jump a 10 yard dig on 3rd and 10, and give up a deep post. Overall plays good while going backwards, but attacking and man are his flaws.

Iloka- Attacks, but gets blocked out too easy vs the run. Able to play man vs wrs and tes. Very physical vs the tight end, let to a holding call that I saw. Ok tackler when hes able to get infront of the guy, but will wiff to often. Played alot of man in the games I watched. Wish he played the ball more, he is in position to make some plays, but just didnt play the ball and let them go.

Robert Sands- Not much tape on him other than highlights. So that made him look better than the rest. It did show he plays the ball well, and will undercut alot of plays. Took alot of risks, but im sure not in highlights they dont work out everytime. Seems like a risk reward type off safety. Not enough tape for me to really get a good enough look though.

Tony Dye- Looks to tackle, not make big hits. Solid tackler because of that. Didnt see him in coverage enough to get a good grasp on him. What I did see wasnt that great.

Now all this was college, so who knows what has changed after some NFL coaching. After watching them I think Iloka would be the best fit for coverage reasons, but he would have to improve getting through blocks and making tackles. Sands looks to be the best for turnovers, but im worried about taking to many risks and getting burnt to often. Williams can be good if not asked to man up, and Mays could be ok if not asked to drop deep. All the safties offer enough, but will have to be used in different ways to have NFL success. So whatever one fits what they want to do with SS should get the job.

My ideal situation is very unlikely, but it would be to put Nelson to SS, while having Iloka or Sands step up at FS. That would give us 2 good coverage players, and Nelson to play the run and blitz, like he is best at anyways.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Cincy Jungle's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Cincy Jungle's writers or editors.

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