Free agency has already begun, but the Bengals haven’t given any indications they are looking to sign a linebacker, signaling they may opt to wait until the NFL Draft to add to a depleted LB corps that currently features Vontaze Burfict, Emmanuel Lamur, Aaron Maybin, J.K. Schaffer, Dontay Moch, and Bradon Joiner.
Yeah, Ray Rice is salivating at the thought of facing that. So the Bengals opt to go linebacker with their first pick in April:
21. Cincinnati Bengals – Manti Te’o, Linebacker, Notre Dame
A lot of people continue to bash Manti Te’o, but the harsh reality is that the kid can play and there is no way he makes it out of the first-round. With the Bengals allowing most of their free agents to walk, it would be a surprise if they didn’t pull the trigger on Te’o.
I like this pick if they plan to play Te’o on the outside and give Burfict a chance to be the starting MLB. If Burfict fails to make the transition, they can then try Te’o in the middle, where he played his entire college career at.