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The NFL Draft is about teams adding players with skillsets that they do not possess. The Bengals implementing Burns into their pass rush exemplifies that perfectly."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections #BITESIZEFilm RoomRoster Transactions and ContractsOrange & Black InsiderSalary Cap And CBABreaking NewsKeep track of the 2019 Bengals draft脳NFL DraftAnalysis11 for 11 NFL Draft series: Brian Burns can add a new dimension to the Bengals’ defenseNew Cheap Trayveon Williams Jersey ,25commentsThe NFL Draft is about teams adding players with skillsets that they do not possess. The Bengals implementing Burns into their pass rush exemplifies that perfectly. EDTShareTweetShareShare11 for 11 NFL Draft series: Brian Burns can add a new dimension to the Bengals’ defenseMelina Myers-USA TODAY SportsAlmost one year later, it remains unexplainable how safety Derwin James lasted beyond the first 16 picks of the 2018 NFL Draft. We could be saying the same thing about James’ former teammate Brian Burns in one year’s time as well. NFL teams like to use the phrase “checking all the boxes”when referring to great prospects, but what exactly are the true boxes that need to be checked? For edge rushers, the best have typically always been above average all-around athletes and have produced at a high level in at least one season for their college program. In this year’s crop of pass rushers, it’s difficult to find someone with a cleaner r茅sum茅 than Burns who can also back it up with game tape. Yet as we approach the final week of draft preparation, Burns’ name is absent from most discourse regarding the top-10 picks and is projected to come off the board somewhere in the middle of the first round. For a team that has shown significant interest in bolstering their pass rush, the Bengals should be a logical landing spot for Burns’ services. I’m here to speak it into existence. Why the pick makes sense:The same arguments we made for the Bengals drafting Montez Sweat apply for Burns as well. Depth behind Carlos Dunlap at the EDGE position is questionable at best, which is not something any team should feel comfortable about at such an imperative position group. An extra body who can provide a pass-rushing spark is needed.Production traits, athleticism traits and film traits make Burns one of the safest prospects in this entire draft.Only Nick Bosa can be argued to have a greater mental acumen for his edge-rushing process in this class. He actually lead the ACC in pressures for edge rushers eligible for the draft (this article breaks down his process magnificently).Though he measured in smaller than 250 pounds and played even lighter than that Color Rush Trayveon Williams Jersey , Burns’ value as a pass rusher trumps his likelihood of being a traditional edge-setting defensive end by a considerable amount. You don’t draft edge rushers high to defend the run in the first place.Even if you don’t consider him a complete edge player, the Bengals already have two “base” edges in Dunlap and Sam Hubbard. Let Burns worry about getting after the quarterback alongside Carl Lawson.On draft night, Burns will have turned 21 just two days prior, giving him even more objective upside than he already had.Burns’ obtainable ceiling is that of a Pro Bowl edge rusher, and with the film backing it up, that’s a player that is worth a high-first round pick every year.While he can rush in from a two and three-point stance, Burns also has experience as an off ball linebacker and can act as a quarterback spy in specific packages, which would a much needed element for the Bengals’ defense. Ultimately, Burns’ ability to threaten the edge with speed and bend would give the Bengals a unique asset to their defense that they haven’t had in quite some time.Why the pick doesn’t make sense:There is a slight question in value. Defensive line is going to be a position group heavily targeted in the top 10 picks and Burns will be at least the third edge rusher off of the board.Burns would provide significant snaps in his rookie year Trayveon Williams Jersey 2019 , but the Bengals would not be drafting a “starter” with their most important pick here.Picking Burns means going into the second day of the draft still needing a new linebacker and an offensive tackle.Burns lacks the traditional density of a three-down defensive end — which may give the Bengals the idea of making him put on unnecessary added weight. Because of that lack of build, Burns is not the most effective edge-setter, which could diminish his value in some eyes. The addition of Burns likely means 2017 third-round pick Jordan Willis is on the hot seat and could stunt his development even more.There’s more reasons to like the Bengals drafting Burns than vice versa. The 32nd ranked defense from a year ago had more issues than at linebacker, and Burns’ presence would add a fresh dimension to a unit that has been mainly dormant and without an identity. Don’t worry about if he starts or not — his contributions will be more than noticeable by year’s end.What do you think about the Bengals drafting Burns with the 11th overall pick? An extensive history of injuries dropped Anderson out of the top-200 picks in the NFL Draft. An impressive blend of size and playmaking ability can make him one of the best selections from this year’s class."Starting with five picks, going to six picks, and ending up with three picks, the Bengals had an unusual amount of opportunity to work with in the sixth round of this year’s NFL Draft. With their first two picks in the round, they addressed their third running back opening with Texas A&M’s Trayveon Williams and the backup MIKE linebacker spot with Auburn’s Deshaun Davis. Two solid players to fill two notable needs.Many didn’t expect a second running back to be taken by Cincinnati in the draft. Many didn’t expect Rodney Anderson to be available at the 211th overall selection either. Nonetheless, the Bengals added Anderson to an already dangerous running backs room to effectively close out the sixth round.Out of the 10 players the Bengals drafted Trayveon Williams Cincinnati Bengals Jersey , Anderson might have the best chance to outperform his draft status. Chris Burke of The Athletic tabbed Anderson as the Bengals’ best value pick outside of the first round:When it comes to the Bengals and “when healthy” proclamations, things rarely ever pan out. But there’s many reasons why Anderson cracks this list.Leading up to the 2018 season, Anderson had just one full season of college football under his belt. Accounting for 1,442 yards from scrimmage on just 205 touches during Baker Mayfield’s Heisman Trophy-winning season in 2017, Anderson was ready to make his mark as an elite running back prospect in the form replicating that success last year. Unfortunately, a torn ACL during the second game of the season ended those hopes and sent his draft status into a world of skepticism.Burke does have a point though; no matter where Anderson would go off the board this past Saturday, he represented an ideal piece to round out a running back group. It just so happens he ended up with a former teammate in Joe Mixon with Cincinnati. Though they only appeared in two games with one another during Mixon’s redshirt freshman season and Anderson’s true freshman season in 2015, it’s safe to say Mixon’s excited to play with an old colleague once more.Maybe it’s just an Oklahoma thing, maybe it’s because Mixon and Anderson are roughly the same size Renell Wren Cincinnati Bengals Jersey , but the two move very similarly on the field. We never got to see Anderson test at the NFL combine or at his pro day because of the injury, but Anderson can succeed in similar ways as Mixon. When he’s healthy and ready to make an impact on Sundays, the Bengals can effectively rotate the two in and out and keep the offense the same, benefitting both of them.And down the road when it’s time decide on Mixon’s long-term future with the Bengals, Anderson can potentially take his place for the cost of a late sixth-round pick, if he proves he’s durable. Not a bad investment at all.The Bengals tried to play it safe this year, drafting players who may not develop into anything more than long-term starters. The selection of Anderson on the other hand was a swing for the fences at a position where depth was at a comfortable level. It’s hard to get more of a reward for less of a risk.