Bengals Depth Chart Projections

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Jun 14, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; A view of a Cincinnati Bengals helmet during minicamp at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 14, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; A view of a Cincinnati Bengals helmet during minicamp at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /
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Oct 4, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins (97) against the Kansas City Chiefs at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 36-21. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 4, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins (97) against the Kansas City Chiefs at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 36-21. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /

Defensive Tackle

NT: Domata Peko 
Domata Peko was a huge part of the pass defense last year, recording a career high five sacks. In a contract year, Peko will be out to other go out on top, or earn himself a one to two year contract to finish out his career.

He is one of the Bengals career players and nothing would be better than sending him out on top.

NT2: Andrew Billings 
Yes, the Bengals are terrible at using rookies, and yes, the Bengals have been solid on the defensive line the past few years, but Andrew Billings is something special. He was the Bengals 4th round draft pick, and has the potential to help the Bengals run defense more than ever.

Billings should get the nod behind Peko to prepare him to eventually take over.

DT: Geno Atkins 
Arguably one of the best defensive tackles in the league, Geno Atkins, had a great rebound year after having a down year in 2014. In 2015, Atkins recorded 11 sacks, nine tackles for loss, and a forced fumble. He led all defensive tackles in sacks last season and is carrying that momentum into 2016.

DT2: Marcus Hardison 
Marcus Hardison has an opportunity to unseat Brandon Thompson of his spot on the depth chart, especially since Thompson is in a contract year. The Bengals fourth round draft pick from 2015 was no surprise to be held out last season, as the Bengals reserve rookies to adjust to the speed of the NFL, barring injuries.

Hardison could very well hold the key to his future with how he performs this season in the Bengals popular defensive rotation.

Next: Outside Linebacker

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