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Bengals interview 2020 draft prospect James Lynch

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The Bengals were able to interview the Baylor DL before COVID-19 halted his travel schedule.

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Of all the sports affected by COVID-19, pro football has been hit the softest. That said, teams are still taking precautions by cancelling workouts and interviews for draft prospects and free agents alike.

According to Justin Melo of Music City Miracles and Draftwire reported that the Bengals interviewed Baylor standout James Lynch before he shut down his travel arrangements.

Lynch also interviewed with the Titans, Cowboys, Vikings, and Eagles. He also planned to meet with the Cardinals, which may become an online interview now.

Lynch had an extraordinary season as a junior, leading Matt Rhule’s defense to an 11-win season and a final ranking at number seven. He lead the team in tackles for a loss and sacks as a junior, and holds the Baylor record for career sacks with 22. Lynch was named First Team All-American and Big 12 Defensive player of the year.

Despite being one of the best players on the one of the best defenses in the country, Lynch is projected to fall to Day 2 of the draft. This is mostly because of the scheme Baylor plugged him into. He played defensive end in a 3-4 scheme, but many scouts think he is better suited as an interior lineman in a 4-3.

If the Bengals draft Lynch, it will be interesting to see where he ends up on the field. It may be an indication that Lou Anarumo is planning on switching to a 3-4 defense in the future.