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DALLAS, TEXAS - OCTOBER 12: Kenneth Murray #9 of the Oklahoma Sooners during the 2019 AT&T Red River Showdown at Cotton Bowl on October 12, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
DALLAS, TEXAS - OCTOBER 12: Kenneth Murray #9 of the Oklahoma Sooners during the 2019 AT&T Red River Showdown at Cotton Bowl on October 12, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) /
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Linebacker. Sooners . Kenneth Murray. 2. player. 815.

ARLINGTON, TX – DECEMBER 07: Kenneth Murray #9 of the Oklahoma Sooners celebrates after stopping the Baylor Bears offense in the first quarter of the Big 12 Football Championship at AT&T Stadium on December 7, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX – DECEMBER 07: Kenneth Murray #9 of the Oklahoma Sooners celebrates after stopping the Baylor Bears offense in the first quarter of the Big 12 Football Championship at AT&T Stadium on December 7, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images) /

With the selection of Burrow, priority number one should be giving him protection. Still, this is a deep class in terms of offensive tackles, meaning the Bengals can find good players in the following rounds. Considering the 2020 draft isn’t particularly ideal for linebackers and the incredible talent of Kenneth Murray, the Bengals would be wise to select the Oklahoma play maker here.

The Bengals have made it clear they want to get younger and more athletic at the position and Murray provides both. As you can see in the clip above via @ConnorJRogers, he has the type of speed to track down elusive quarterbacks. That will be especially important on a Cincinnati team that will be tasked with containing Lamar Jackson twice a year for the foreseeable future.

Beyond that, the Texas native has the production any front office would want. He’s amassed 327 tackles in his career thus far and played in several high stakes games. For a team that is in need of immediate help at linebacker, that experience is ideal.

Speaking of high stakes games, he’ll have a tremendous opportunity to continue to prove himself against LSU’s explosive offense. Keep an eye on his range from sideline to sideline and how he fares in pass coverage.

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The Bengals should break the trend of selecting a linebacker in the third round and spend higher draft capital at the position. That may be the only way the team acquires a player with the range and coverage potential of Murray.

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