Cincinnati Bengals 4-round mock draft at the midway point

Jan 1, 2018; New Orleans, LA, USA; Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 1, 2018; New Orleans, LA, USA; Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jayson Oweh. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O’Haren-USA TODAY Sports /

Bengals mock draft: Jayson Oweh, EDGE, Penn State

With the trade of Carlos Dunlap to the Seattle Seahawks and Carl Lawson, an impending free agent, the edge rusher position is becoming an increasingly larger need for the Bengals. Even if Lawson re-signs and continues his career in Cincinnati, the front office will likely be looking to add another DL on the edge.

Jayson Oweh is an elite athlete with all the tools needed to be a top DL in the NFL. Oweh was considered a raw prospect going into the season but he has impressed so far for Penn State.

In the Nittany Lions week eight college football debut, the redshirt sophomore had the second-highest pass-rush win rate in the nation at 36%, according to Pro Football Focus. That kind of skillset should certainly help a Bengals defense that has a big weakness in terms of putting pressure on the quarterback.

Sam Hubbard will be back from injury soon for the Bengals, but two pass rushers are not enough for any team looking to compete for a playoff spot. While Burrow and the offense will likely take a big jump in his second season as a pro, the defense will also need to improve for the Bengals to become a playoff team.

For that to happen, the Bengals top priority on defense should be to add a pass rusher and Oweh would be the perfect pick to fulfill that need in the second round.