They always say, “You can never have enough pass rushers” and “You can never have enough corners.”
Will the Cincinnati Bengals test that theory?
After triple dipping on defense on Days 1 and 2, who could the Bengals target on Day 3?
Despite being a fifth-year senior, Texas defensive tackle Moro Ojomo is still a bit shy of 22 years old. His body is very well-developed, but his game is still a work in progress. He needs to improve his leverage and use of hands, but he is an intriguing Day 3 project.
No one seems to be talking about Arizona State defensive tackle Nesta Jade Silvera, and for the life of me, I cannot figure out why. Silvera needs to develop a better get-off move, but he has shown the ability to anchor the defensive front. He can hold his ground and disrupt the run. With some help from Bengals’ defensive line coach Marion Hobby, he could develop into an excellent one-technique nose tackle.
Miami transfer Nesta Jade Silvera frequently wrecked plays with his ferocity and quickness. He’s going to be a big boost to Arizona State’s DL as a gap shooter who can play all over the line. pic.twitter.com/VDpyECMnDk— Bobby Football (@Rob__Paul) July 1, 2022
Who is Mike Morris?
That was a legitimate question before the season started. The Michigan defensive end had only started four games in two seasons and had .5 sacks to show for it.
This year, he led the Wolverines' defense in both sacks (7.5) and tackles-for-a-loss (11). Morris has the size and strength to hold the edge against the run and shows the discipline that the Bengals look for as an edge rusher.
Mike Morris 6’6–292 lbs— Full-Time Dame (@DP_NFL) November 10, 2022
Jaelyn Duncan 6’6–320 lbs
A nice rep and strong finish by Morris, a second away from securing the sack! pic.twitter.com/O2vJo6dJNf
Ali Gaye is nothing but untapped potential. In his first season at LSU, he led the team in tackles-for-a-loss. Last year, his season was shortened by injury.
This year, he was a team captain but did not take the big step forward on the field that many were hoping for. Gaye is a good fit for the Bengals physically, and if he can develop as a pass-rusher, he would provide massive value as a day 3 pick.
LSU pass rusher Ali Gaye has been dominant in the first half. Showing off the swipe and speed on this QB hit. pic.twitter.com/bA9YoWkkDo— Bobby Football (@Rob__Paul) September 26, 2020
Your game program (Do they still have those?) may call Cincinnati Bearcats’ Ivan Pace Jr, a linebacker, but I have trouble fitting him into a box. He is a bit undersized for a linebacker, but he is an excellent athlete who rushes the passer well. There is a perfect comp for him right here in Cincinnati, and that is Akeem Davis-Gaither. ADG is set to become a free agent in a year, so drafting a guy like Pace could make a lot of sense.
Cincinnati LB—Ivan Pace Jr is an interesting prospect to study. He doesn’t meet the physical thresholds at Mike LB.— Full-Time Dame (@DP_NFL) April 6, 2023
He’s a physical downhill player with speed and production. He knows how to pressure QBs (12 sacks). #2023NFLDraftpic.twitter.com/8e5DAm801V
I love the way Kentucky’s Carrington Valentine plays. His motor is non-stop, and you can see the joy he experiences when he makes a big play. He is a physical dude who oozes swagger. Valentine is a fierce competitor who will make his physical presence known despite his relatively small stature at 5’11” 193. He does a good job of reading routes and making a play on the ball.
Like my other Day 3 favorites, Jakorian Bennett is lacking in size, but he makes up for it with a strong competitive drive and excellent reads on both routes and the quarterback. Maryland corner does a good job in both man and zone coverages. He frequently gets his hand on the ball and is a good tackler.
I know we all want size at corner in this draft. But Maryland CB Jakorian Bennett can flat-out cover. Moves so easily with 4.3s-speed and fluidity to stay glued to routes in man coverage. Love his game. pic.twitter.com/Sdg8nNMyBj— Evan Lazar (@ezlazar) April 7, 2023
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