Cincinnati Bengals: Projecting rookie roles in 2021

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Projecting Cincinnati Bengals Rookie Roles – Cameron Sample (EDGE)

One of the most underrated draft picks of this class, Cameron Sample could be the versatile piece that the Bengals’ defensive line needs. During his senior year at Tulane University, Sample racked up 52 total tackles and five sacks.

Tulane used Sample in a variety of ways on the defensive line. He played as a true edge rusher, a three-technique defensive tackle, and he stood up on occasion.

The Cincinnati Bengals just happen to have a gaping hole at three-tech after they released Geno Atkins. Sure, the signing of Larry Ogunjobi and placing him in his natural defensive tackle position will be incredibly beneficial but Sample could be a great rotational defender this season, with incredible upside to become a dynamic piece of the puzzle for the future.

For the 2021 season, look for Sample to rotate with Hubbard and Ossai on the edge, while also playing an important role as a pass-rushing three-technique. Sample’s usage could be key to Lou Anarumo’s defense finally playing as a unit.