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Cincinnati Bengals attend BYU Pro Day

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Let's pretend. Allow Maualuga to move on. Slide Burfict to middle linebacker, Lamur to weakside linebacker and have someone new at strong-side. Maybe Vincent Rey. Or a new draft pick like Kyle Van Noy.

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The Cincinnati Bengals are one of 21 teams that sent a representative BYU's Pro Day on Friday. Players of note include outside linebacker Kyle Van Noy (projected as a first or second rounder) and wide receiver Cody Hoffman (projected to go in the sixth or seventh round).

Linebacker is of particular interest.

With Cincinnati axing James Harrison and, virtually, promoting Emmanuel Lamur to the starting strong-side linebacker slot, the team could use a little upgrade on the team's depth chart -- especially at middle linebacker where Rey Maualuga is entering the final year under contract. Vincent Rey figures to have a home in Cincinnati, save for any wondering teams pillaging the team's restricted free agent, as will Sean Porter, who the team drafted in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL draft.

Per ESPN's scouting report on Van Noy:

Good diagnosis skills and reacts quickly. Plays with great discipline as a backside defender both against the run and pass. Very good awareness in underneath coverage. Strong instincts as a pass rusher and looks for the strip sack.

Let's pretend.

Allow Maualuga to move on. Slide Burfict to middle linebacker, Lamur to weakside linebacker and have someone new at strong-side. Maybe Vincent Rey. Or a new draft pick. Could work.