Kenny Vaccaro – The Bengals have tried a number of different safeties opposite Reggie Nelson. They tried Taylor Mays, Jeromy Miles, Chris Crocker and even tried Nate Clements there. None of those guys has been what the Bengals have been looking for. Vaccaro brings the versatility to drop down and cover the slot WR or play back in zone. Vaccaro shows good vision in locating the ball and good instincts on where he needs to be. Is an aggressive run defender and generally solid at bringing the ball carrier down. He does at times become over aggressive and miss tackles like he did against Joseph Randle. He hasn’t forced many turnovers at Texas, making some wonder if he can be a true centerfielder in the NFL.
Jonathan Cyprien -Cyprien is another player, much like Vaccaro, who can step in right away beside Reggie Nelson and give the Bengals a nice pair of safeties. Cyrpien hasn’t played against much top competition, but when he has, he has really played well. He had a really strong outing against Louisville and potentially the top QB next year Teddy Bridgewater. Cyrpien is a very aggressive and active defender who never takes plays off. He has shown the ability to extend and grab the ball out of the air. Isn’t afraid to go in and meet the ball carrier violently and never lets up. Does have concerns playing against mainly lower competition. Also played in a two deep at FIU, showing the ability to play half of the field very well, but not the ability yet to be a centerfielder.
Damontre Moore – This one may be a big surprise to some Bengals fans out there. However, Moore was once thought to be a top 5 pick before a horrible combine dropped him down boards. With Michael Johnson and Carlos Dunlap set to be free agents after this year, a defensive end still makes some sense. He would be a key rotational guy as a rookie before likely taking over for one of them next year. Lets not forget the Bengals took 2 DTs last year even though they had talent on the team. Moore needs to add some muscle, but has the tall frame to do it. Shows good flexibility to dip under OTs and has long arms to keep opposing players from grabbing hold of him as well as batting down balls at the line. Has a few pass rushing moves that he can vary between. At times allows his pad level to get too high. Is only 20 years old, so he still has plenty of time to mature.
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