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Bengals expressing interest in Georgia Tech LB Quayshawn Nealy

The overall number of players that a team could be interested in during the pre-draft process is significant. One player who the Bengals could be looking at is Georgia Tech LB Quayshawn Nealy.

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The Cincinnati Bengals are expressing some level of interest in Georgia Tech linebacker Quayshawn Nealy, writes Tony Pauline with Draft Insider and Walter Football. Per the same report, the Carolina Panthers have also shown interest.

Linebacker Quayshawn Nealy, who stood out at the Shrine Game, was impressive during pro day. Few numbers I have include 36 inches in the vertical jump and a 40 time of 4.62. Afterward, Nealy transferred that speed into position drills and showed great range and explosion.

"Tough, instinctive inside linebacker with a great feel for where the play is going but limitations on converting instincts into tackles," writes Lance Zierlein with the NFL Media, who adds that Nealy might be more of a college free agent. "Doesn't disengage well enough to be a roster factor and must take more chances on getting to the spot first to have a shot to make a team."

Nealy, a four-year starter at Georgia Tech wasn't even invited to the 2015 scouting combine, but was named to the second-team All-ACC team by the media after posting 92 tackles, six tackles for loss, 1.5 quarterback sacks, two interceptions and a pair of touchdowns (one pick-six and one fumble return) during his senior season.