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Dec 3, 2011; Jonesboro, AR, USA; Arkansas State Red Wolves defensive end Brandon Joiner (99) during the game against the Troy Trojans at ASU Stadium. Arkansas State defeated Troy 45-14. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-US PRESSWIRE


With regards to the true rookies, undrafted Arkansas State Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year, Brandon Joiner, seems to be a model Bengals already as he put on a different set of stripes earlier this week in preparation to begin serving a 3-year prison sentence for a 2007 armed robbery.  The other three other undrafted rookies are each very intriguing in their own right, however.  Emmanuel Lamur transitioned to linebacker during his junior season at Kansas State from strong safety where he led the defense the year prior with 68 tackles in 2009.  After minor injuries limited him his junior year, Lamur exploded as a senior posting generating 83 tackles (six tackles for loss), seven passes broken up and two forced fumbles.  As a slim 6’4” 232 lbs, Lamur could be an interesting defensive tool against pass heavy offenses where he could focus on slot receivers and mitten-handed tight-ends.

The second, Ohio-native Grant Hunter, is another linebacker by conversion.  Butler University’s Defensive Linemen of the Year last fall, Hunter was a sack machine as a defensive end, recording 10 sacks and 15.5 tackles for loss.  Regardless, as the Bengals typically keep only six or seven linebackers on their final roster, so Hunter could be a bit of a long shot.

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  • SorianoJoe

    I think Burficit ends up being the starter at some point this season, and he deserves to, to be honest. He may be an idiot, but he’s going to tone it down in the NFL, or somebody is going to do it for him. I think Burficit is starting to understand that everything falls on him, because going from being a bona fide draft prospect to an undrafted player has to cut deep, and it could make him rethink things. Burficit is just such a great talent and a monster against the run. He really does inspire fear into opposing backs, and I saw it first hand while watching him dominate the Pac-12. He’s a gem, and I would start him, because football is a game where talent wins out on the field. Being a headcase shouldn’t affect if someone starts or not; it’s all about talent. If Burficit was a top ten pick, then he would start from day one. He should be starting for the Bengals. 
    As for Manny Lawson, he’s solid in the 4-3 because of his versatility, but I’ll miss watching him rush the passer at a crazed pace in the 3-4 in SF. I hate how people knocked him for low sack totals, because pass rushers need to pressure the quarterback, and it isn’t always about sacks.

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