5 Free Agent targets for the Cincinnati Bengals

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 17: Danny Trevathan #59 of the Chicago Bears moves into position against the Seattle Seahawks at Soldier Field on September 17, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Seahawks 24-17. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 17: Danny Trevathan #59 of the Chicago Bears moves into position against the Seattle Seahawks at Soldier Field on September 17, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Seahawks 24-17. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /
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KANSAS CITY, MO – OCTOBER 27: Reggie Ragland #59 of the Kansas City Chiefs tackles Jamaal Williams #30 of the Green Bay Packers in the third quarter at Arrowhead Stadium on October 27, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO – OCTOBER 27: Reggie Ragland #59 of the Kansas City Chiefs tackles Jamaal Williams #30 of the Green Bay Packers in the third quarter at Arrowhead Stadium on October 27, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images) /

Reggie Ragland was a highly sought after prospect coming out of college, hearing his name called by the Bills in the second round. He had a less than desirable start to his career, however, and was traded to the Chiefs. Since then, he’s starting to show why he had so much hype surrounding his name upon entering the league.

Ragland is a bigger linebacker weighing in at nearly 250 pounds. Due to this, the Bengals shouldn’t ask him to do much in coverage. Rather, the former Alabama captain would be brought in to bolster the run defense. His size would allow him to set the tone of the game in Cincinnati and take away an opposing teams rushing attack. This would be especially valuable in the AFC North that is known to turn to physical run games late in the season.

Beyond his work in between the tackles, he also has plenty potential to rush the passer. Giving defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo another weapon to get after the quarterback will allow him to be more unpredictable moving forward.

The 26-year-old shouldn’t be expected to be a full-time starter and the fix-all to the Bengals linebacker woes. Still, he can help the team significantly in certain game situations.

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