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Cincinnati Bengals: Draft Prospects to Watch at the NFL Combine

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 05: Outside linebacker Jabrill Peppers of Michigan prepares to run the 40-yard dash during day five of the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 5, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 05: Outside linebacker Jabrill Peppers of Michigan prepares to run the 40-yard dash during day five of the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 5, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /
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SANTA CLARA, CA – DECEMBER 01: SANTA CLARA, CA – DECEMBER Kaden Smith #82 of the Stanford Cardinal catches a 28-yard touchdown pass over Ajene Harris #27 of the USC Trojans during the Pac-12 Football Championship Game at Levi’s Stadium on December 1, 2017 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA – DECEMBER 01: SANTA CLARA, CA – DECEMBER Kaden Smith #82 of the Stanford Cardinal catches a 28-yard touchdown pass over Ajene Harris #27 of the USC Trojans during the Pac-12 Football Championship Game at Levi’s Stadium on December 1, 2017 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /

With Tyler Eifert missing the rest of the 2018 season with another season ending injury, it’s time to draft an heir apparent.

  • Dawson Knox- The Ole Miss rebel is an explosive pass catcher with run after the catch skills. He has flexible hips to sink and dip in/out of his routes. Knox knows how to track and adjust to passes down field. A workout warrior that should test well this weekend.
  • Kaden Smith- Smith is more of an in-line tight end with pro run game concepts. He’s a dual threat tight end because he can be effective in the run game and kick out linebackers. Smith can work the middle of the field and find soft spots in zone coverage. He catches the ball solid away from his frame. He is a later round prospect with potential as long-term starter.
  • ·Isaac Nauta- The Georgia Bulldog has good game speed to stress linebackers and safeties all over the formation. He understands spacing and gains separation from defenders in tight quarters. Nauta will rip the ball out of the air and offers good potential in run after catch situations.

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