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Vontaze Burfict: Burfict is the most well-known UDFA the Bengals signed. He went from a top prospect to out of the draft quickly after a poor combine performance, and a failed drug test. Prone to personal fouls, he plays with recklessness, but if he can harness his emotions, he could not only make the team, but be a force on the defense. The ability is certainly there, if he can fix the other issues.

Justin Hilton: A tall WR at 6’3, he likely suffered in the draft because he played at Indiana St, and not against top competition, but he did have success against the teams he did face. He also brings speed and can get deep. The Bengals are going young at WR, and Hilton will certainly compete with the other first and second year players for a roster spot.

Julian Miller: A defensive end out of West Virginia, Miller has a real chance because of his position. He gives full effort, and is well rounded, and if he can show consistency at getting to the quarterback, he’ll cement himself a spot in the defensive line rotation. The Bengals like to switch guys in and out, and they could use another edge rusher.

Brandon Joiner: Another DE, and Joiner can also rush the passer. The Sun Belt conference player of the year out of Arkansas St had 12 sacks in 2011. A team can’t have too many pass rushers, so again, if he can show an ability to get into the opposing team’s backfield, he’ll find a home on a team that needs to get more sacks.


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  • GoJoeBruinUCLA

    You guys probably picked up a gem in Tony Dye. We were distraught that he had such an injury in a year where he had a real chance to prove he was going to go in the top 4 rounds. I think he’s a steal, but I’m biased.
    We wish him all the best in Cincy. GO BRUINS!!!