Third Round: 87th Pick: Miles Killebrew, SS, Southern Utah
The Bengals are facing both George Iloka and Reggie Nelson hitting free agency. This is another battle of signing one guy and both may be out of range. Shawn Williams will most likely fill the void of the vacant position leaving the need for depth and even a possible rotating safety.
Miles Killebrew is a well sized safety who has the range and read capability to break up passes, create opportunities for turnover, and stop plays with open field solid open field tackles. He has had back to back years of 100+ tackles (2014 and 2015) and had seven pass deflection this season.
Killebrew’s NFL.com draft profile says:
"Violent player who looks to punish and intimidate with the force of his strikes, but who won’t comprimise his form as a tackler just for the highlight reel hit."
"Tightly bundled muscle hammer with a compact frame…World-class form tackler with bad intentions behind his strikes."
"Instincts are very average. Needs to see it first and then can be a step slow to respond"
The way to grow instincts is to watch film, study the game, and learn with time. He is someone who the Bengals could use to improve their secondary and maybe even flex him to a linebacker position if need be. His size and strength can benefit the Bengals and help them fill multiple needs on defense and special teams.