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Cincinnati Bengals: 3 Senior Bowl Linebacker Prospects to Watch

EUGENE, OR - OCTOBER 08: Linebacker Troy Dye #35 of the Oregon Ducks celebrates after sacking quarterback Jake Browning of the Washington Huskies on October 8, 2016 at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. The Huskies defeated the Ducks 70-21. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
EUGENE, OR - OCTOBER 08: Linebacker Troy Dye #35 of the Oregon Ducks celebrates after sacking quarterback Jake Browning of the Washington Huskies on October 8, 2016 at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. The Huskies defeated the Ducks 70-21. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images) /
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EUGENE, OR – OCTOBER 08: Linebacker Troy Dye #35 of the Oregon Ducks celebrates after sacking quarterback Jake Browning of the Washington Huskies on October 8, 2016 at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. The Huskies defeated the Ducks 70-21. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
EUGENE, OR – OCTOBER 08: Linebacker Troy Dye #35 of the Oregon Ducks celebrates after sacking quarterback Jake Browning of the Washington Huskies on October 8, 2016 at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. The Huskies defeated the Ducks 70-21. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images) /

While getting more attention than the other two prospects mentioned, Troy Dye from Oregon is still not as widely recognized in this crop of linebackers as he should be.

Dye has a little bit of everything scouts look for. With solid production across four years of playing time, the frame (6’4″, 225 pounds) to make it through a 16 game season and the athleticism to hold up in coverage, the Bengals would be wise to pay close attention to him.

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Defending the pass is where Dye could really be a difference maker. He entered the college ranks as a safety, giving him the kind of hybrid ability that is highly sought after in the modern NFL. Also, his length and speed further assist him in the passing game. The Oregon linebacker would surely give the Bengals a boost in one of their weakest aspects.

Currently, the California native looks like he could go as early as the second round and isn’t likely to slip past the third. Thankfully, the Bengals draft at the top of each round. So, they should have plenty of opportunity to select him if they are impressed with what they see at the Senior Bowl.

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