7 players Bengals could have drafted instead of Jackson Carman

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Azeez Ojulari went No. 50 overall but could have given the Bengals a boost

Four picks after Carman landed with the Bengals, the Giants grabbed Azeez Ojulari out of Georgia. Ojulari has appeared in 12 games, starting nine, and has looked great as a rookie, tallying 36 tackles, eight QB hits, 6.5 sacks, and a forced fumble.

In a game against the Panthers, Ojulari took over on defense, notching 2.5 sacks and four QB hits, proving himself to be a factor in the pass-rush. Cincinnati’s pass-rush has been hit and miss this year with Trey Hendrickson doing most of the work in that department but Ojulari could have been another threat.

The Bengals spent money on their defensive line in free agency and that’s why they didn’t feel the need to go with Ojulari in round two. There’s no debating how much scarier this pass rush would have been with the Georgia product on board though. Just imagine him and Hendrickson getting after the quarterback every week, it’d have been must-see TV.

Ojulari could have been a shining star on defense but Cincinnati passed on him to take Jackson Carman.