5 Ohio State players the Bengals could pick in Round 1

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Nov 21, 2015; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Braxton Miller (5) runs with the ball against the Michigan State Spartans at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 21, 2015; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Braxton Miller (5) runs with the ball against the Michigan State Spartans at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports /
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Oct 4, 2014; College Park, MD, USA; Maryland Terrapins quarterback C.J. Brown (16) is sacked by Ohio State Buckeyes lineman Adolphus Washington (92) at Byrd Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 4, 2014; College Park, MD, USA; Maryland Terrapins quarterback C.J. Brown (16) is sacked by Ohio State Buckeyes lineman Adolphus Washington (92) at Byrd Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports /

4. Adolphus Washington, defensive tackle

6-foot-3, 297 pounds

Adolphus Washington’s NFL Draft Profile compares the lineman to Wallace Gilberry, Cincinnati’s dual-threat defensive tackle capable of playing both tackle and end. So why not take the Ohio State product, especially considering that Gilberry could take an offer elsewhere in free agency?

Here’s a snippet from Washington’s draft profile:

"Washington showed himself ready to play for his senior season by racking up four sacks in Ohio State’s spring game. Following up an honorable mention All-Big Ten junior season (10.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks), played even better in 2015. He earned second-team All-Conference honors from league coaches and media, as well as first-team All-American by the Sporting News (49 tackles, seven for loss, four sacks). Unfortunately, his judgment and maturity may be questioned by scouts after he was suspended for Ohio State’s bowl game for soliciting a vice squad officer in early December. Washington has the size and athleticism that should get him taken within the first two days of the draft, but his issues with contact balance might be something that always hinders his ability to reach his true potential. Washington can become an effective interior pass rusher if he can force himself to play with better knee bend, but he must play with more consistent urgency or could turn into just another guy in the rotation rather than a full-­time starter."

The Bengals have a need for an interior player, and Washington fits that need. The Bengals are known for taking risky players if they’re the best guys available, and Washington could be just that guy for the Bengals. The defensive tackle has sky-high potential, and if given a chance in Cincinnati, could blossom into a superstar–especially considering that he would be playing alongside Geno Atkins and Carlos Dunlap.

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