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Cincinnati Bengals: Answers to the linebacker problem

CINCINNATI, OH - NOVEMBER 11: Shawn Williams #36 of the Cincinnati Bengals attempts to tackle Mark Ingram II #22 of the New Orleans Saints during the third quarter at Paul Brown Stadium on November 11, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - NOVEMBER 11: Shawn Williams #36 of the Cincinnati Bengals attempts to tackle Mark Ingram II #22 of the New Orleans Saints during the third quarter at Paul Brown Stadium on November 11, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /
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The linebacker unit for the Bengals has been a weakness for years. Vontaze Burfict is in Oakland and they missed out on top prospects at the position in the draft. So, here is a look at the guys tasked with turning the position group around.

RALEIGH, NC – SEPTEMBER 29: Germaine Pratt #3 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack reacts following a play against the Virginia Cavaliers at Carter-Finley Stadium on September 29, 2018 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)
RALEIGH, NC – SEPTEMBER 29: Germaine Pratt #3 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack reacts following a play against the Virginia Cavaliers at Carter-Finley Stadium on September 29, 2018 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images) /

Germaine Pratt

Germaine Pratt was selected by the Bengals in the third round of this years draft. Rumors began to swirl that the Patriots were planning to select him just one pick later. Anytime your team swipes a prospect that New England draft gurus were eyeing, you can count it as a solid pick.

Pratt has serious upside. At 6’2″, 245 pounds he has the size to be a thumper in between the tackles, but his potential doesn’t stop there. While at N.C. State, Pratt transitioned from safety to linebacker just one year ago. If he can show safety-like mobility while covering tight-ends and running backs, he can help put an end to the Bengals being gashed in the mid-range passing game. He is still learning the linebacker position too, which gives him plenty of room to improve. If the new coaching staff can capitalize on his potential, the Bengals may have found a huge piece of the puzzle to their linebacker problem.

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