Leading up to the draft, Who Dey Live will be profiling a number of players who could be targets for the Bengals based on their position or their expected draft spot.
Here are my own thoughts on Texas A&M linebacker Von Miller.
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Size: 6’3″ – 246 pounds
What I like: Miller is considered one of the safest picks in the entire draft, which is always nice considering the Bengals’ painful history of busts. He has legitimate pass-rush skills and outstanding athleticism and would bolster an already improving defense. With Miller in place alongside Rey Maualuga and Keith Rivers, Cincinnati’s linebacking corps should be set for years to come.
What I don’t like: Since I view Michael Johnson as an outside backer, I think Cincinnati is already plenty deep at linebacker. Roddrick Muckelroy played well last season and adding another linebacker would seem to strengthen an area that’s already stocked pretty well. I see bigger needs for the Bengals at the safety position and on the offensive/defensive lines. Drafting a player at one of those positions would probably make for a more immediate impact.
Final thoughts: Cincinnati has reached for players or ignored character problems far too often in the past. Miller is believed to be a safe pick in terms of talent and character. Furthermore, I think Cincinnati’s unstable offense will need a stout defense to protect it next year. Because of that, if Miller is around at No. 4, I’d rather have him than a wide receiver or a roll of the dice.