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Bengals recently hosted Denzel Perryman

Expect the Bengals to take a linebacker fairly early in the NFL Draft.

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With the 2015 NFL Draft nearing, the Bengals have done little to improve their linebacking corps this offseason.

It's even arguable that linebacker is the Bengals' biggest weakness right now, assuming Vontaze Burfict misses some of the 2015 season or doesn't start the season in his pre-injury form, after microfracture surgery.

A.J. Hawk was signed after being cut by the Packers, but at this point in his career, he's better suited as a backup who only sees 10-20 snaps per game. Even with the signing of Hawk and re-signing of Rey Maualuga, it's safe to think the Bengals will look to add a linebacker in this year's draft.

That's where Miami middle linebacker Denzel Perryman could come in. Omar Kelly of the Sun Sentinel reports that Perryman recently visited the Bengals. The 5'11" 236-pounder is one of the top ILB prospects this year after racking up 218 total tackles over his past two seasons in Coral Gables.

Perryman's visit with the team may have occurred around the same time Cincinnati hosted TCU linebacker Paul Dawson. Even though Perryman and Dawson have been touted as possible first-round picks, neither is projected to go in the first round by CBS Sports' four-man mock draft crew.

In fact, Perryman is ranked the 85th-overall player and a third-round prospect by CBS, so it's possible Cincinnati could grab him with their first third-rounder (ironically, the 85th overall selection).