The Cincinnati Bengals have agreed to terms with Southern Illinois outside linebacker Jayson Dimanche, whom many pegged as a small-school sleeper, including CBS Sports’ Jason LaCanfora:
Another late-round kids I liked, Jayson Dimanche from So. Ill, goes to the Bengals. CIN got great value from a UFA LB last yr in Burfict
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) April 28, 2013
Dimanche will be used elusively as a pass-rusher at the NFL-level if he is able to eventually crack someone’s 53-man roster. The Bengals are adapt at finding value in undrafted free agent linebackers, and Dimanche will look to be the latest example.
He earned significant playing time by the 2010 season, and has been a pass-rushing force for Southern Illinois ever since. He finished fourth in school history with 38 career tackles for loss and sevent with 16.5 sacks.
DiManche isn’t the biggest prospect at 6-2 and around 230 pounds, but he does have a nose for the quarterback with 38 career tackles for loss and 16.5 sacks. He’s not an every-down linebacker – he had just 49 tackles last season, but has an opportunity to make an impact as a situational pass rusher.