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The Bengals finally drafted a linebacker Trey Hopkins Jersey , but it was worth the wait?"The first round was exciting, the second round was confusing, and in the third round, the Bengals finally found a player to fill their biggest need ,and it was a good one.After years of neglect and stop-gap players like Kevin Minter and Karlos Dansby, the house of cards that was the linebacker position finally collapsed in 2018. The position was a huge weakness full of players who struggled in coverage, struggled to tackle Clayton Fejedelem Jersey , and struggled to stay healthy.Now, the Bengals have made a move to change that by adding North Carolina State linebacker Germaine Pratt with their third-round pick of the 2019 NFL Draft.What Pratt brings to the BengalsSpeed: The Bengals needed an athletic upgrade at linebacker, and they got it with Pratt. His testing is okay, but his play speed is much better. He is always flying around and never seems to be out of a play. He has the speed to make plays all from sideline to sideline, whether it be in the run game or the pass game.Tackling: Getting to the ball carrier does not do much good if you can’t make the tackle. The Bengals’ entire defense struggled to make tackles in 2018. Fortunately, they added a linebacker who does not struggle in that area. Pratt is an excellent tackler. He hits hard and high bringing his hips through the tackle for power. Pratt is equally skilled as a tackler in the open field or in the gap.Coverage: Pratt is very good coverage linebacker, which is something that the Bengals lack. He has the skill to play effectively in zone coverage and the athletic ability to cover tight ends and big slots. This fills a big need for the Bengals who have struggled with underneath coverage.Upside: In just his first year as a starter and second year playing the position Andrew Billings Jersey , Pratt had 104 tackles. He is really just learning to play linebacker, which means he has plenty of room to grow. This was already a very good pick, but it could prove even better as he develops in the Bengals defense.Why the Bengals picked PrattNeed: Linebacker was the Bengals biggest need coming into the draft. They likely would have drafted a linebacker earlier, but they missed out on the Devin’s in Round 1, and there was not great value at the position in Round 2. Pratt will have a chance to start as a rookie because the team really needs a shot of life on defense and a long-term solution at linebacker.Skill: On film alone, I actually graded Pratt above Devin Bush, but Bush’s combine obviously makes him stand out. Pratt is a complete linebacker who makes plays in every facet of the game. He has all the tools to step in and contribute from day one in the Queen City.Versatility: Pratt has played inside and outside linebacker over the last two seasons after starting is collegiate career as a safety. He is also flexible in his role. He had two interceptions as a junior and 6 sacks in his senior year C.J. Uzomah Jersey , proving that he can frustrate a quarterback in multiple ways. JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP)The Jacksonville Jaguars have traded fourth-year defensive end Chris Smith to the Cincinnati Bengals for a conditional pick in the 2018 NFL draft. A fifth-round selection in 2014, Smith was behind Yannick Ngakoue and Dante Fowler on the depth chart and unlikely to play much in the final year of his contract. The Jaguars previously traded their 2018 seventh-rounder to Miami for left tackle Branden Albert, so Tuesday’s trade could help them regain a pick. Smith has appeared in 19 games in three seasons, totaling 19 tackles and 4+ sacks. Smith played in six games in 2016 and was inactive for the other 10 while rookie Ngakoue emerged as the team’s top pass rusher. Smith’s exit continues a significant revamp of Jacksonville’s defensive line. The Jaguars released defensive linemen Jared Odrick, Sen’Derrick Marks and Roy Miller and opted not to re-sign former first-round draft pick Tyson Alualu. They signed veteran Calais Campbell to a four-year deal worth $60 million. —
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