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Bengals Go Defense in Round 2; Nab Gator DE

The Bengals went defense in round 2, adding another athletically gifted rush end to Mike Zimmer’s emerging defense.  Carlos Dunlop has a rare combination of size, speed and strength, and was projected to go in round 1 in a number of mocks.

Dunlap was measured at the combine as 6-6, 290 pounds, ran the forty in 4.71 seconds, did 21 reps, had a 31.5 inch vertical jump and had a 9’3” broad jump.

Dunlap posted 77 tackles, 19.5 sacks, and one forced fumble in 3 seasons in Gainesville.  He also had an impressive four blocked kicks, all in only 14 starts over three seasons. A rising senior, Dunlap decided to forego his final season at UF to enter the NFL draft.  The decision may have been influenced by a DUI arrest in December 2009.  The arrest caused him to be suspended at the end of last season. In January 2010 he was sentenced to one year’s probation.

More info to come on the new Bengal defensive end..

Pick Analysis: The Bengals have a knack for getting outstanding production from so-called character risks, and Carlos Dunlap could be the next star to overcome his circumstance. As a freakish athlete with exceptional initial quickness, Dunlap has the ability to wreak havoc off the edge. Although his motor doesn’t rev high consistently, Dunlap’s flashes of talent make him worthy of the risk as a second-round pick.

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