The Dallas Cowboys routinely select linebackers in the NFL Draft. Since 2000, the Cowboys have had just three drafts where they have not drafted a linebacker (2002, 2004, 2017). Despite the bevy of picks they have used for the position, Dallas has really not done a productive job of adding quality, long-term linebackers. Players like Caleb McSurdy, Victor Butler, Will Smith, Mark Nzeocha, and Jason Williams really made no significant contribution for the Cowboys.
As it stands now, the Cowboys’ depth chart at the position consists of Sean Lee and Jaylon Smith as the set-in-stone starters with guys like Joe Thomas, Justin March-Lillard, and Damien Wilson duking it out for the third spot. While the Cowboys do not put a great emphasis on three-linebacker sets, the reality is the Cowboys will likely draft one or two linebackers at some point in the draft.
In the NFL, the quarterback position is the most important on the field and how high your quarterback ranks often is a good indicator of how good your team will be. With that in mind, we’re taking former NFL offensive lineman (and SB Nation writer) Geoff Schwartz’s idea and analyzing the Bengals’ 2018 schedule based on opposing quarterbacks.
If you want to analyze a schedule, look at the amount of elite or above average quarterbacks your team is playing. That will give you a sense of how tough your schedule could be.— Geoff Schwartz (@geoffschwartz) April 19, 2018
I’ve broken the quarterbacks the Bengals will face this season into a few categories to do this: elite, very good, good, not too scary and not yet sure.
Could Bengals grab Ronnie Harrison in round twoThe Cincinnati Bengals were looking at safeties in free agency as they made a strong push for Kurt Coleman and brought in Eric Reid. While the team has two safeties that should not be looked over, they are both better suited at the free safety position. The Bengals are in need of a player at strong safety that is versatile and a playmaker.
2018 NFL mock draft: Bengals land Isaiah Wynn, Frank Ragnow in great expert mockOn paper, the Cincinnati Bengals would be lucky to land one of Georgia offensive tackle Isaiah Wynn or Arkansas center Frank Ragnow in the 2018 NFL draft. A new mock draft has them landing both.
Breaking down the Cincinnati Bengals schedule game by gameThe Cincinnati Bengals will play three of their first four games and three of their final four on the road, and they have just one primetime game.
The New Orleans Saints had to be ecstatic when Ohio State cornerback Marshon Lattimore was still on the board when the team was ready to make the 11th pick of the first round a year ago. Lattimore went on to win the NFL’S Defensive Rookie of the Year, earned a berth in the Pro Bowl, and many already view him as one of the best cornerbacks in the league. His presence helped improve the entire defense, as his ability to lockdown the opposition’s top receiver allowed the other New Orleans defenders to make plays elsewhere. Today’s draft profile takes a look at one of the NCAA’s top playmakers from a year ago, a player that could further solidify one of the NFL’s top young secondary units.
Josh Jackson, CB (Iowa)