Bengals Add Pieces Around Joe Burrow in Fresh 7 Round Mock Draft
Weight: 224 lbs.
The Bengals pick up a second linebacker here in Chris Orr. The team has held pre-draft meetings with the Wisconsin linebacker, according to The Draft Wire’s Justin Melo, so you can be sure they have their eyes on his situation.
Orr has been criminally underrated throughout the draft process and he wasn’t even invited to the combine. The Texas native certainly deserved to go to the event, as he racked up 11.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 78 tackles, and 5 passes defended in his senior year.
He never found his way to the top of the depth chart until his last year, but once he did, he played extremely well, suggesting he’s on the up-tick. Starting out, he could be a special teams ace and serve as a blitzing linebacker in obvious passing situations. Getting after the passer is his best attribute, and with guys like Geno Atkins, D.J. Reader, Carlos Dunlap, Sam Hubbard, and Carl Lawson occupying linemen, Orr could wreak havoc.
If the draft pans out this way, the Bengals would have a veteran mentor in Josh Bynes, an up-and-coming all-around linebacker in Germaine Pratt, an athletic specimen with star potential in Willie Gay Jr., and an outstanding pass-rushing playmaker with room to grow into something more. Not bad considering what the group looked like a season ago.