With free-agent losses, do Bengals need to draft linebacker?

Linebackers Rey Maualuga and Karlos Dansby are no longer Bengals. Where does Cincinnati look for the position in 2017?

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With free-agent losses, do Bengals need to draft linebacker?


  • The Bengals lost 1,108 snaps between linebackers Karlos Dansby and Rey Maualuga this offseason.
  • Maualuga ranked 85th among linebackers in the NFL with an overall PFF grade of 38.2, while Dansby was 46th, at 73.5.
  • The Bengals signed former Arizona Cardinals linebacker Kevin Minter to a one-year deal, with Minter ranking 25th at the position last season with an overall PFF grade of 81.0.
  • A second-round option in the draft might be Florida’s Jarrad Davis; Davis earned a grade of 78.7 last season for the Gators.

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Fantasy Slant: Currently, Vontaze Burfict and Vincent Rey project as every-down starters at linebacker in Cincinnati. If the Bengals don’t address linebacker in the draft, Rey will be an interesting name in IDP leagues. Last year, Rey ranked 22nd among linebackers with a tackles per opportunity rate 16.0 percent.

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