Vontaze Burfict looking good in Cincinnati

Vontaze Burflict

In the months leading up to the draft, no player saw his stock fall further than former Arizona State linebacker Vontaze Burfict, who had once been viewed in some circles as a potential first-round draft pick, but who ended up not getting drafted at all. The Bengals may end up benefiting from Burfict’s slide.

After Cincinnati signed Burfict as an undrafted free agent, he proclaimed himself a steal, and Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said there was no down side to signing him.

The up side is that Burfict has the talent to be a solid NFL linebacker, and Albert Breer of NFL Network reports that Burfict has done plenty to change the negative perceptions of him so far in training camp.

Burfict, who showed up to the Scouting Combine out of shape, has lost weight and looked good on the practice field, and he hasn’t been a problem child off the field, either.

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Burfict not a lock to make Bengals squad

Vontez Burfict

From my perspective, the Bengals had one of the top draft classes last month. Dre Kirkpatrick, Kevin Zeitler, Devon Still, Brandon Thompson, Mohamed Sanu, etc. Plenty of talent (and upgrades) for Marvin Lewis to work with this season. Burfict needs to make the most of the limited opportunities he will see as an undrafted rookie.But what about undrafted LB Vontaze Burfict? There is a lot of discussion about the ASU product. Much more than I ever expected to see for an undrafted player. His draft stock plummeted after a poor 2011 season paired with below average workouts in Indy and at his pro day. That’s enough to drop you off team’s draft boards when you aren’t in prime shape to showcase your skill set in front of pro scouts. Read more here…