5 Reasons The Cincinnati Bengals’ Draft Rocked

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Apr 28, 2017; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals first round draft pick John Ross speaks with head coach Marvin Lewis in a press conference at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Greene/Cincinnati Enquirer via USA TODAY NETWORK
Apr 28, 2017; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals first round draft pick John Ross speaks with head coach Marvin Lewis in a press conference at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Greene/Cincinnati Enquirer via USA TODAY NETWORK /
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5 Reasons The Cincinnati Bengals' Draft Rocked
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What’s that? You say the Bengals didn’t get enough QB sacks last season? Evidently, the feeling was mutual during the draft. Using that rationale, Cincy picked up another steal. Jordan Willis was on the board and still around for their third round selection.

Once again, the element of speed played a part in the selection. Willis is a hulk of a man. But, he turned in a blazing time of 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash in Indy. For a physical specimen that weighs in excess of 249 pounds and stands 6-foot-5, that’s scary.

If you need more than his dash time for the “wow factor,” I’ll run down some of the more gleefully horrific details. While at Kansas State, Willis had 26 sacks. His senior year produced 11.5 of those. He has the ability to get to the runner. While playing end, he sniffed out 40.5 tackles for loss. Oh, you want special recognition? He was the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year. Need I say more?

Willis was touted as a second round selection by many experts. The Bengals should thank the football gods for placing him at their feet. Look for this young man to be moved into the rotation quickly. Cincy’s line is going to cause some problems this year. Remember, Andrew Billings is back.

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