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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)
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PROVO, UT – SEPTEMBER 16: Wisconsin Badgers football helmet during the game between the Badgers and the BYU Cougars at LaVell Edwards Stadium on September 16, 2017 in Provo, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***
PROVO, UT – SEPTEMBER 16: Wisconsin Badgers football helmet during the game between the Badgers and the BYU Cougars at LaVell Edwards Stadium on September 16, 2017 in Provo, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** /

The Bengals rank 28th in the league for sacks, garnering only 34 on the year. Selecting Zach Baun from Wisconsin could help them turn that narrative around next season. As you can see in the video below from @RealD_Jackson, the Badger pass rusher has a knack for making big plays in big games.

At 6’3″, 235 pounds he’s undersized for the position, which is why he’s not expected to be taken until later in the draft. Still, his 12.5 sacks on the season speaks for itself. What he lacks in size, he clearly makes up for in speed, which could be a nice change-up to throw at an opposing offensive line.

Adding him to a defensive line room that has Carlos Dunlap, Geno Atkins, Carl Lawson, and Sam Hubbard would give the Bengals a ton of lineups to rush the quarterback in obvious passing situations. With that, it gives the defensive coordinator the ability to be unpredictable and call stunt after stunt.

It’s reasonable to think Baun can come in and contribute 5 sacks at the NFL level right away. It may not seem like much, but at the right times those sacks could change the outcomes of games. If the Bengals can get their pass rush going again with the Wisconsin native, it would help mask other deficiencies on the defensive side of the ball.

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