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LSU safety Jamal Adams visiting Bengals

A top-five prospect in this year’s NFL Draft has an upcoming visit with the Cincinnati Bengals. Could he slip to pick No. 9?

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The Cincinnati Bengals are doing their due diligence before next month’s NFL Draft rolls around in the form of securing visits with many prospects. A lot of the team’s visits are with high-profile players, as the Bengals are set to have the No. 9 overall selection in the NFL Draft.

One interesting prospect the Bengals are set to meet with is LSU safety Jamal Adams, per Josina Anderson of ESPN (via Bleeding Green Nation).

“[Adams] also had two very good visits. One with the Carolina Panthers a couple of weeks ago,” Anderson said on ESPN’s “NFL Live” program. “Met with the DB coach there... He also will be meeting with the Panthers again on April 11th. Upcoming visits that he has with the Steelers, Bengals, Eagles, and a two-day visit with the Jets. So he’ll definitely be busy in these upcoming weeks before the draft.”

Of the mentioned teams, only the Jets and Panthers pick ahead of the Bengals. The Jets sit at No. 6 overall, while the Panthers are one spot ahead of Cincinnati at No. 8.

The former Tigers star is projected to go in the top-five and has an impressive skill set. Last season, Adams had 76 total tackles, 1 interception and 4 passes defended. In 2015, he snagged four interceptions, while grabbing the nation’s attention.

With the Bengals giving out two big contracts to safeties George Iloka and Shawn Williams last year, it’s hard to imagine they’d bring Adams into the fold at No. 9, even if it provides great value. Still, the team has shown a penchant for taking the best player available with their top picks, so if the team sees defensive ends and wide receivers fly off the board in the first eight picks, Adams could be their guy.

There is also talk that Adams could be a guy who a defensive coordinator could get creative with, in terms of where he lines up. He could play the slot from time-to-time and even could be a bit of a “rover” player, akin to what Tyrann Mathieu does with Arizona and what Troy Polamalu did for so many years with the Steelers.

Aside from being a physical player on the field, Adams has a reputation for being a great leader. LSU almost-annually puts forth a great defense and Adams was looked at as one of their top guys in their locker room. He has also been compared to past great NFL safeties in Darren Woodson and Brian Dawkins.

If Adams is there at No. 9, should the Bengals grab him, or are there more pressing needs?