Friday was final cutdown day, and unfortunately for a number of young men, their dreams of playing professional football took a temporary hit by being cut from their team. A good majority of those young men will find a job elsewhere, whether it's on a final roster or a Practice Squad.
Pete Prisco of CBSSports came up with an interesting list after the NFL's teams' cut lists were announced. He decided to compile a list of the best remaining players, post-cutdown day. Basically, it's his view of the best players available at each position after these cuts were made. And, wouldn't you know it? There were a couple of Bengals players who made Prisco's list.
On offense, Prisco has a former Bengals tight end making the list.
TE -- Colin Cochart, Bengals -- He lost out to veteran Donald Lee for the third tight end spot. He is a capable blocker for a team looking for that kind of tight end.
While it's true that Cochart lost out to Lee, it's also accurate to say that he lost out to rookie Orson Charles. Cochart contributed to the Bengals last season in the five games that he was active and is known as a solid blocker. He'll likely land on someone's final roster as a third tight end--it just won't be in Cincinnati. The former Bengals tight end has signed with the Dallas Cowboys.
On defense, Prisco has a former Bengals linebacker making the list. The name will likely draw a cringe to fans, as it was a pretty unpopular decision when the news broke on Friday.
ILB/MLB -- Roddrick Muckleroy, Bengals -- He lost out to Vontaze Burfict, but he can help a team as a backup and special-teams player.
Muckelroy is a versatile guy that can play and back up pretty much every linebacker spot. He's scheme-diverse (to steal a Mike Mayock-ism), so we wouldn't be surprised to see him land with a team that employs a 4-3 scheme, or a 3-4. The Bengals might try to get him back on the roster once they make their predicted Injured Reserve move(s), but there are likely to be a number of team's who will be interested in the former fourth round pick's services. Although as it stands today, Muckelroy cleared waivers and is still available on the open market.