2015 NFL Draft: Final Bengals Seven-Round Mock

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Paul Dawson provides insurance for

Vontaze Burfict

, but could also give the Bengals an impressive duo at linebacker along with Burfict. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

LB Paul Dawson, TCU

The bottom line is this linebacker core needs another impact player, especially with Vontaze Burfict’s long term outlook still undetermined.  Paul Dawson fits the bill.

The team recently brought the former Horned Frog in for a visit to get a closer look.  I can’t help but be reminded of Burfict when I watch Dawson, as both tested bad at the combine and had some issues in college.

What they both are is football players and I see the same instincts in Dawson as I did in Burfict.  The two together would form an outstanding duo of mean, angry, tackling machines. Dawson’s numbers speak for themselves this year: 128 tackles, 18.5 tackles for loss, five sacks and four interceptions. He’s not a track star, he’s a football player.

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