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Cincinnati Bengals Rookies: Featuring the Long Shots

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The 2013 NFL Draft is in the books and many undrafted college free agents have settled in with a team.  Rookie mini-camps and OTAs are taking place around the league and this is the first time teams will get to start molding their rosters.  For undrafted and tryout players, these camps can be make or break, and may be their only chance to make an impression.  The Bengals are no different, and they have some real intriguing prospects that could repeat the rock bottom to rock solid story of linebacker Vontaze Burfict.

Here are five undrafted players that could find themselves making an impact in 2013:

 

LB Jayson DiManche 6-1 232

The linebacker from Southern Illinois fits the mold for upgrading speed and pass rushing ability at the linebacker level. DiManche played at a different speed and pops off the tape when you watch him play.  He exhibits a natural bend around the edge when rushing the passer with agility not normally seen from a LB. DiManche explodes off the line to track the ball and strikes the opponent.  While DiManche may not be an every down player, he has the ability to stick as a situational rusher/special teams guy.

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LB Jordan Campbell 5-11 240

Campbell had some issues earlier in his college career at USC but hung low, off the field, and dominated on the field/competition level at New Mexico Highland.  An absolute monster in the weight room, Campbell could be a sneaky candidate to eventually take over at middle or  outside linebacker. Campbell lacks ideal height but makes up for it with incredible strength. He also has what seems to be an incredible work ethic.  Campbell will need to show he has the instincts to read coverages and be a key special guy to stick on the roster.

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