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1. Haason Reddick, LB, Temple | Prime Grade: 4.67
Haason Reddick was able to use the Senior Bowl to increase his draft stock and could potentially be the top linebacker on the Bengals’ draft board. Reddick can play all three linebacker spots with a variety of skills as a former safety and defensive end.
2. Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama | Prime Grade: 4.50
Foster has been a favorite within the Bengals’ community and could easily end up the option at nine. At 229, Foster’s size could definitely hurt his chances, but he checks the box in terms of production and durability.
3.TJ Watt, LB, Wisconsin | Prime Grade: 4.44
Watt has seen his stock shoot up draft boards as of late and could be a potential fit for the Bengals if they were to move back into the late first round. Excelling as a rusher, the lack of production outside of those skills could prove to be an issue for the Bengals with Watt.
4. Charles Harris, SLB, Missouri | Prime Grade: 4.89
With his size, the Bengals could view Charles Harris as a SAM linebacker with edge rush abilities. Harris has great size for the position, played in the SEC, and has a familiarity with the 4-3 scheme.
5. Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida | Prime Grade: 4.68
Davis rounds out the top five and could be an option for the Bengals in the early second round. He’s played in multiple defensive schemes, played in the SEC, and had good production in college.