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Mike Zimmer and the Bengals pass rush are held with high regard around the NFL. However, with the demands Zim puts on his defensive ends Cincy just can't have too many of these guys.
Michael Johnson is set to hit free agency at the end of this year, and if he doesn't return Dion Jordan would be an adequate replacement.
Jason Marcum of StrypeHype.com has the Bengals taking Dion Jordan late in the first round. Here's his reasoning:
You wouldn’t think the Bengals need a defensive end right now, given the play of Carlos Dunlap and Michael Johnson, but with a premium on pass rushers in today’s pass-happy NFL, you need at least three good pass rushing ends, and right now the Bengals only have two, and Johnson is slated to be a free agent this offseason.
Jordan has already been selected First-Team All-Pac-12 for the 2012 college football season, and was one of five finalists for the Butkus Award, given to the top collegiate linebacker in the country. He has recorded 44 tackles this season, including 10.5 tackles for loss and five quarterback sacks.
Marvin Lewis showed interest in the Oregon draft class of 2012, and it wouldn't come as a surprise if he booked to their pro day once again.
The Bengals like their ends rangy, and at 6'7" Jordan would stand shoulder to shoulder with Johnson and Carlos Dunlap whilst towering above opposing defenses.