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Bengals News (3/6): Cincinnati’s options to filling their void at linebacker

Who are some players the Bengals could bring in to upgrade their linebackers.

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I’m with you all the way on the draft, although I’ve been a little bit more specific. I think that pick has to be an offensive or defensive tackle. I’ll take an edge rusher, too. I think by the time the quarterbacks and linebacker Devin White are off the board, there is going to be a starting linemen there for either side of the ball. I like Billings too, and an upgrade at linebacker makes those tackles better. But good nose tackles are like corners. Can’t pass them up even if there are no Genos in this draft. They need a very large man at nose. The guy I like is Clemson defensive tackle Christian Wilkins, although he’s not a nose. But he was hugely productive in 50 or so games and great character. They have to decide if a guy like Michigan linebacker Devin Bush is good enough to transform your defense or if left tackles like Florida’s Jawaan Taylor have more value.

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