We have seen how much better any defense plays when they are consistently rushing the quarterback. Joshua Uche out of Michigan could be a solid addition to Cincinnati’s defensive end rotation and help them pressure the quarterback more consistently.
He recently accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl, which the Bengals are rumored to be coaching. they may get a chance to see him up close.
He is slightly undersized for the position, standing at 6’2″, 250 pounds. However, the Bengals don’t need him to be a starter at defensive end, but a situational pass rusher. He is a speed rusher and would mix well with the Bengals current duo of Carl Lawson and Geno Atkins. Those two generally rely on power to get to the quarterback.
Here, the Bengals would get a high motor guy who has the potential to contribute a few sacks per season early on. At just 21 years old, he would keep some of the Bengals more experienced rushers fresh for later in games as well.
He would likely be asked to contribute on special teams immediately where his speed will suit him well. He checks all the boxes for what the Bengals should be looking for in a late round pick.