The Bengals are expected to take two pass rushers before the end of the fourth-round. Today we will bring you the Prime left defensive ends for the Bengals in the upcoming draft. Prime is the formula that identifies the most likely prospects on the Bengals draft board.
Top 5 Bengals Prime LDE Prospects
I. DeMarcus Walker, FSU| Prime: 5.22
PROJECTED ROUND: 2nd-3rd
Walker is a great match for the Bengals in terms of his scheme fit and consistency. While at FSU, Walker recorded 25 total sacks in his last two seasons. That would be five more than Myles Garrett during the same period. Walker could present the Bengals the luxury of skipping taking an edge rusher in the first-round.
II. Jonathan Allen, Alabama | Prime: 5.17
PROJECTED ROUND: 1ST
Allen is widely considered one of the top players in the upcoming draft. At 6’2 286, Allen would fit the mold of a heavier Wallace Gilberry. Allen showed ability as a rusher playing both defensive tackle and defensive end and could do the same for the Bengals. With rumors of a shoulder injury hurting Allen’s stock, he could potentially end up in stripes. I have the Bengals selecting Allen in my latest mock.
III. Daeshon Hall, Texas A&M| Prime: 5.00
PROJECTED ROUND: 3RD-4TH
Hall is more in line with the body type that the Bengals look for. He had to play in Myles Garrett’s shadow but was able to produce. This could cause Hall to be overlooked and it seems the Bengals sent scouts to his Pro Day to get a closer look.
IV. Solomon Thomas, Stanford | Prime: 4.78
PROJECTED ROUND: 1st
The Bengals recently ran Thomas through drills during his Pro Day. Thomas is considered a tweener that combines his strength, quickness, and motor while rushing the passer. Some experts believe he can end up as the best defender from this draft class. At 6’2 273, Thomas also could be used in the same fashion as Wallace Gilberry.
V. Derek Barnett, Tennessee | Prime: 4.67
PROJECTED ROUND: 1st
Barnett was an extremely consistent in terms of production in the SEC. The Bengals were also present at his Pro Day. Barnett is expected to have a chance to become a good starter in the NFL. At 6’3 259, Barnett would be smaller in weight than what the Bengals typically go for. If drafted, Barnett may be expected to add some weight.