2015 NFL Draft: Cincinnati Bengals Grades and Analysis

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Sep 13, 2014; Boulder, CO, USA; Arizona State Sun Devils defensive lineman Marcus Hardison (1) reacts after sacking Colorado Buffaloes quarterback Sefo Liufau (not pictured) during the first half at Folsom Field . Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

DL Marcus Hardison, Arizona State

Marcus Hardison was also one of my favorite selections. Hardison transferred from the JUCO level to Arizona State. During his first year at ASU he didn’t play much due to current Chicago Bear and former Arizona Sate defensive lineman Will Sutton. Once Hardison got his chance he exploded with 10 sacks on the year.

The Bengals’ defensive line is in for a true camp battle at both defensive end and tackle. In this case, Hardison is going to be involved in the defensive tackle battle. He will of course make the 53-man roster, but it will be at the expense of either Domata Peko, Pat Sims, Brandon Thompson and/or Devon Still (Geno Atkins is a lock to make the roster).

Competition brings out the best in players and the Bengals made sure this will happen by drafting a player with huge upside.

Selection Grade: B+

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