Let’s face it, the Bengals linebacking corps, especially Ray Maualuga, underachieved in 2012, missing tackles and not shredding blocks. The only hard hits seemed to come from the secondary, and, personally, I felt little bit irritated by their overall performance. They have a great talent in Vontaze Burfict, but you can’t expect him to keep making all the tackles. It tends to wear players out. Vontaze needs help, and this class is loaded with potentially great linebackers, which, in my opinion, is the position the Bengals need to fill with their 1st pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. Here are my top 3 (in no particular order).
Alec Ogletree, Georgia
If you couldn’t already tell, I love this guy. He is a monster, a hard hitter, a nightmare for most QBs. He doesn’t miss tackles, and his presence made the Bulldogs one of the nation’s best defenses. He came out of Georgia, and could be drafted by the Bengals. Ask A.J. Green and Geno Atkins how well that has worked thus far.
Jarvis Jones, Georgia
Yet another player to come out of UGA, Jarvis Jones and Alec Ogletree made that linebacking corps one of the best in the nation. He is one of, if not the best linebacker in the country. There is one problem with him though. He is more than likely a top-10 pick. The Bengals are on the upswing. No top-10 pick again. Weird, isn’t it?