Bengals Keep Going Defense; Grab Texas Linebacker Muckelroy

The Bengals devoted the entire fourth round to defense, adding their second Texas player in Linebacker Roddrick Muckelroy.  Here’s the NFL.com info on Muckleroy:

Muckelroy has an excellent combination of size, strength and athleticism for the linebacker position. Muckelroy is a hard-nosed high energy athlete that plays with great instincts and discipline within the Longhorns defensive scheme. He uses his hands well to control and separate from blockers which allow him to maintain great leverage as a run defender. He understands angles and run fits in the Texas 4-3 front. Muckelroy is a solid coverage defender as he understands route progressions along with enough agility, quickness and speed to be effective in combination zone schemes. He doesn’t possess elite range but his quickness, balance and instincts get him to the ball regularly. Muckelroy is an excellent football player with versatility and enough tools to have an impact in his rookie season.

And the pick analysis:

Pick Analysis: The Bengals pick up Roddrick Muckelroy to bolster their depth a linebacker. The Texas standout has good instincts and awareness, and plays much faster than he tested during workouts. Given the Bengals’ immense talent at the position, he will have to make his contributions as a special teams player during his rookie season


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