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    Devin White balled out at the Combine Sam Hubbard Jersey , but Todd McShay still thinks the Bengals may have a chance to draft him at 11th overall."Since the conclusion of the NFL season and the beginning of mock draft season, LSU linebacker Devin White has been the most popular first-round pick by experts for the Bengals, and it’s easy to see why.White is the consensus top top linebacker in this year’s NFL Draft class, and Cincinnati’s monumental need at the position has really held their defense back for numerous seasons. White has pretty much everything that the Bengals haven’t had at linebacker in recent history; natural speed and explosion, the ability to cover tight ends and running backs andalso blitz as well.However, he just blew the doors wide open at the NFL Combine. He ran the fast 40-yard dash time of any linebacker and finished with good to great times in all the other athletic drills. This caused many experts to think he may have worked his way into the top 10 of the draft, but Todd McShay’s most recent mock draft for ESPN still has White landing in Cincinnati.The team of note who passed on White that may be in need of a linebacker was the Buccaneers. They still may re-sign LB Kwon Alexander, though.Along with Tampa Bay, the Raiders (fourth overall) and Lions (eight overall) make plenty of sense as potential landing spots for White. If White manages to slide past those teams, the Packers, who pick right behind the Bengals at 12th overall, could trade up to acquire the 21-year old prospect. They are also in desperate need to enhance their defense with elite talent, and White could easily provide that.It should also be noted that Jawaan Taylor and Jonah Williams were both selected before the Bengals pick, which left Cincinnati looking at Cody Ford or even Andre Dillard as their best options if they wanted to upgrade at offensive tackle.This mock unfolded pretty much perfectly for the Bengals to end up with White. Of course if Cincinnati lands a starting linebacker in free agency, it could change their perceived need at the position, but they need as much help at the position as they can get. The uncertainty at the linebacker position is well-known for Cincinnati at this juncture. Veterans Vincent Rey and maybe even Vontaze Burfict will be both likely be gone. Preston Brown’s contract is up as well, but the team could re-sign him. If Brown bolts for another opportunity That leaves the young trio of Nick Vigil Malik Jefferson Jersey , Jordan Evans and Malik Jefferson to battle for playing time. Hardy Nickerson is still around as well, but we’ll see how long that lasts. Regardless, there’s not enough proven talent at the position to rely on just free agency or the draft. Both avenues must be utilized. If Cincinnati wants to invest in White to help alleviate their problems, it’s nice to see that there’s still hope of that happening. The Cincinnati Bengals had a terrible defensive unit last year, but Bush should be an immediate impact player in the middle of the team’s rebuilding project."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections #BITESIZEFilm RoomRoster Transactions and ContractsOrange & Black InsiderSalary Cap And CBAMock DraftsBengals NewsNFL DraftSB Nation Mock Draft: Bengals select Devin Bush to fortify defenseNew,27commentsThe Cincinnati Bengals had a terrible defensive unit last year, but Bush should be an immediate impact player in the middle of the team’s rebuilding project. EDTShareTweetShareShareSB Nation Mock Draft: Bengals select Devin Bush to fortify defenseThe 13th annual SB Nation blogger mock draft is under way and the Cincinnati Bengals’ pick is in. And, no, the Zac Taylor era will not be ushered in by a player on offense. The scenario in which the first 10 picks play out in the SBN mock could be considered an utter nightmare for the Bengals. Three quarterbacks are off of the board, while the consensus top linebacker is also selected. Oddly enough, no offensive linemen were picked in the top-10, so Cincinnati could theoretically have the pick of the litter there. Still, after re-signing both Bobby Hart and Trey Hopkins, as well as grabbing John Miller from Buffalo, the Bengals may think they have that situation at least temporarily solved.Pick No. 11: Devin Bush, linebacker, MichiganWhy the pick makes sense: Need—duh. Cincinnati cut ties with Vontaze Burfict and haven’t signed an impact player in free agency to fill that void. The Bengals did re-sign Preston Brown to anchor the middle of their defense Mark Walton Jersey , but he’s a two-down player, at best, with limitations in pass defense. Bush, on the other hand, has potential to be an every-down linebacker at the next level. His tape shows a “sideline-to-sideline” mentality, and he has shown a bit of a knack to get to the passer, as evidenced by his 10 combined sacks over the past two seasons. Bush also had 11 passes defended the past two seasons, including seven in 2017, so he’s around the football often. Bringing in the former Wolverine would give the Bengals a look of Bush-Brown-Nick Vigil as the starting linebackers in some base packages. New defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo is going to vary those looks, so that won’t be the constant standard, but it should be an improvement over recent years—particularly if health isn’t an issue this year and Brown continues what he started in 2018. Why it doesn’t make sense: Some folks may consider this a reach because of a position group that’s in dire need of help. A similar sentiment could be pointed at last year when most believed the team wanted Frank Ragnow, but settled for Billy Price as a consolation prize. Bush has closed the gap between “the Devin’s”, thanks mostly to a strong Combine effort, but many believe that Devin White will have the superior NFL career in the long run. While a lot of Bush’s tape shows some nice instincts, he does show a penchant to “chase-and-tackle” over “diagnose and destroy”. There’s also the knock of his garnering of one interception in three collegiate seasons. While it isn’t the only statistic to show prowess in the skill, he will need to step that part of his game up even further if the Bengals are going to make immediate noise in the AFC North. Who goes with Bush’s arrival?: Probably no one, unless the Bengals double or triple-dip at the position after grabbing him in the first round. I guess technically the one to go was Burfict John Ross Jersey , if you want to split hairs. The picks before the Bengals at No. 11:Arizona Cardinals: Kyler Murray, Quarterback, OklahomaSan Francisco 49ers: Nick Bosa, Edge, Ohio StateNew York Jets: Josh Allen, Edge, KentuckyOakland Raiders: Quinnen Williams, Defensive line, AlabamaTampa Bay Buccaneers: Ed Oliver, Defensive line, HoustonNew York Giants: Devin White, Linebacker, LSUJacksonville Jaguars: Dwayne Haskins, Quarterback, Ohio StateDetroit Lions: Brian Burns, Edge, Florida StateBuffalo Bills: T.J. Hockenson Jordan Willis Jersey , Tight end, IowaDenver Broncos: Drew Lock, Quarterback, MissouriBest available after Bush selection:Montez Sweat, Edge, Mississippi StateJawaan Taylor, Offensive tackle, FloridaJonah Williams, Offensive tackle, AlabamaClellin Ferrell, Edge, ClemsonAndre Dillard, Offensive tackle, Washington StateRashan Gary, Edge, Michigan