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Cincinnati Bengals Post Combine 7 Round Mock Draft

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - DECEMBER 28: Quarterback Joe Burrow #9 of the LSU Tigers reacts after a touchdown in the third quarter over the Oklahoma Sooners during the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 28, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - DECEMBER 28: Quarterback Joe Burrow #9 of the LSU Tigers reacts after a touchdown in the third quarter over the Oklahoma Sooners during the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 28, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/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) /

The Bengals continue to add athleticism on the defensive side of the ball and address their weakest position group here with Oregon linebacker Troy Dye.

The scouting department reportedly met with Dye while at the combine, according to The Wright Way Network, so the interest is there. Considering the physical tools he possesses, it’s easy to see why.

The former captain has the strengths to cover up the defense’s biggest flaws. With fantastic range, he can stop the run sideline to sideline and help set an edge to turn runners back inside. This skill set could be especially useful to help the team overcome Lamar Jackson and the divisional-rival Baltimore Ravens.

Add in the fact that his flexibility and change of direction make him an ideal player to cover tight ends and running backs out of the backfield, and he seems like a perfect fit.

Overall, his addition would add him to a core that already holds Germaine Pratt. If the Bengals can find one more solid player at the position in free agency, they should finally fix what has been the Achilles heel of their team for years.

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