Cincinnati Bengals: Whatever Happened to: Odell Thurman

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The Cincinnati Bengals have struggled for much of the past decade to find a consistent starter at the middle linebacker position, but it appeared as though they’d found a future star at the position in 2005, when they drafted Odell Thurman in the second round of the 2005 NFL Draft out of Georgia.

It appeared as though Thurman was bound for stardom, and would have just been one more player in a long line of Bengals who had come from Georgia to make an impact in the NFL.

He wasted no time in taking control of a Bengals defense dedicated to forcing turnovers, as he recorded 106 tackles and 1.5 sacks, while helping force 10 turnovers (five interceptions and five forced fumbles), nine deflections, and even recorded a defensive touchdown. His play helped propel the Bengals defense to the best in the NFL in terms of forcing turnovers, and they helped Cincinnati win the AFC North and make the playoffs for the first time in over a decade.

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