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One of the best pass rushers of the past decade continues to have struggles away from the field.Via TMZ.com http://www.vikingsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-irv-smith-jr.-jersey , Aldon Smith has been arrested in Mission, Kansas on charges of suspicion of DUI. Pulled over for speeding and illegally changing lanes, police determined that Smith failed a sobriety test.Smith refused a breathalyzer.The seventh pick in the 2011 draft averaged nearly one sack per game in the early years of his career. Smith last played in 2015 for the Raiders, and he has been unable to secure reinstatement following an extended suspension.New Raiders defensive end Clelin Ferrell wears No. 99 in honor of Smith, and Ferrell explained before the draft that Smith’s issues helped Ferrell stay on the night path.“I wore the number because of him and because I feel like I could be the kind of player he should have been,” Ferrell said in an appearance on #PFTPM. “Aldon Smith was such a great player. I loved his game. But I learned so much from him as far as the different mistakes that he made. It’s sad to say that. I wish I could have learned from his success. A lot of the mistakes he made off the field is something that I definitely learned from and looked to to see like if I’m ever in that situation this is how I should handle it as to how he might have . . . When you get into the NFL it’s much more than just football.”<u></u><u></u> Continuing to look at the Cincinnati Bengals roster with the Zero-Snap Spotlight series<em>, looking at defensive lineman David Dean.</em>The Zero-Snap Spotlightseries has already seen two parts, taking a deeper dive into the potential of unknown pieces onthe Cincinnati Bengals roster. They aren’t the stars, but they are players that could have a role to play in the 2017 season.These players are prevalent onthe roster, and all share on similarity. They have yet to take a snap in the NFL, despite having been on the Bengals roster for varying amounts of time.Article continues below ...I’ve begun the series by coveringAndrew Billingsand Marcus Hardison.To continuethings, I’m delving into yet another defensive lineman on the roster: David Dean.Dean was a quality interior lineman in college, using a quick jump at the snap and inherent strength to blast through his opposition. This was shown off through his final three years at Virginia, with him picking up 134 tackles, 23.5 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks Alexander Mattison Jersey , seven pass knockdowns, three forced fumbles, and one interceptionin that time. His senior season was the best agglomeration of stats he produced in college (45 tackles, eight tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, three pass knockdowns, one forced fumble), giving him a second-straight year as an All-ACC honorable mention and setting his draft stock as high as he could.Unfortunately for him, those positives didn’t end up being enough to get him drafted. Hishabit of playing too high, short arms, and lack of consistency were weaknesses teams apparently saw as too much for him to overcome at the next level, and he wound up undrafted.More from NFL Spin ZoneNew England Patriots: Did Rob Gronkowski cross the line at Ortiz roast?2h agoFantasy Football Rankings 2017, Top 101 PPR Players: No. 11-93h agoNew York Giants: Jay Cutler is not better than Eli Manning4h agoDallas Cowboys Camp Battle: Defensive end4h agoDenver Broncos: Paxton Lynch moving up, should be starter5h agoAt that point, Cincinnatidecided to take a chance and bring him in. It seemed like a quality chance to take, one which almost worked out in a big way for him. He stuck on through training camp and the preseason http://www.vikingsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-dru-samia-jersey , but eventually ended up getting cut before the regular season began.Though he didn’t make the active roster, the team saw something they liked apparently, keeping him on the practice squad for the year. With the depth/ineffectiveness issues the team suffered on the defensive line throughout 2016, it may have served them well to give him a call-up and put him in some actual games.That didn’t end up happening however, and it may be even more difficult this time around for Dean to find a place on the roster.Last year showed the team needed an influx of youthful depth into the defensive line, and we’ve seen the team make those such moves not just this offseason, but in the past couple years.Cincinnati let go of long-time interior lineman Domata Peko this offseason. They selected two interior players in the most recent draft (Ryan Glasgow, Josh Tupou). The year before they added Billings by that method and Dean in undrafted free agency, andtwo years ago Hardison and DeShawn Williams were brought in. With theseplayers, the team now has numerous youthful talents to choose from for depth.Not all of them can make the roster though, of course. Five interior linemen is about the limit for even 4-3 base defense teams — six would be possible, but a notable stretch. The team already has Geno Atkins, Pat Sims, and Brandon Thompson in place. Even if Sims and Thompsonboth get cut (Sims’ underwhelming 2016 — and Thompson’s entire career — would support the notion, but Cincinnati tends to hold onto players longer than they maybe should), we’re still looking at sevenplayers for at most six roster spots.More from NFL Spin Zone6/26 – New England Patriots: Did Rob Gronkowski cross the line at Ortiz roast?6/26 – Fantasy Football Rankings 2017 Daniel Jones Jersey , Top 101 PPR Players: No. 11-96/26 – New York Giants: Jay Cutler is not better than Eli Manning6/26 – Dallas Cowboys Camp Battle: Defensive end6/26 – Denver Broncos: Paxton Lynch moving up, should be starterLet’s roll with the premise of Sims and Thompson being released. Atkins will head the group again. Billings was drafted with the idea of eventually replacing Peko, so though he missed 2016 to injury he should be a practical lock. Williams hasn’t received a large role yet, but has done decently well in limited action. A draft pick was just spent on Glasgow. That’s already four spots.Between the remaining three guys, Dean may have the weakest argument for a spot. Hardison’s speed and pass rushing skills from formerly working on the edge put him ahead if he can stay healthy (that’s questionable; he hasn’t played in two professional seasons due to injuries). Tupou could slate as the backup nose tackle strictly due to his girth.Dean may have a claim as the most productive of these players back in college, but his upside isn’t as high as the others in the NFL. It’s debatable how much teams should really desire that upside over consistent (if not high-end) production, but it can’t be denied that they often do so.Hardison can make himself into a key rotation player (with an outside shot at a starting role) if he has health on his side. Tupou already has the size needed to eat up space in the middle, and could improve to be a force on running downs.Dean doesn’t appear to offer that. He is currently what he’ll be: a decent rotation guy who can succeed as part of a unit, but will rarely make plays happen himself. That sort of player can find success, but they tend to be the sort of player targeted for replacement every year, and when teams have other possible options in tow who could possibly reach a higher level, it’s tough to see them going with the lower-variance option.Next: NFL 2017: The 50 most untradeable playersWith that in mind, even removing both Sims and Thompson from the equation doesn’t appear to help Dean’s case for a spot. If injuries strike the players above him in the leadup to the season, maybe there’s a shot for him to pick up a spot, but I wouldn’t bank on it.This article originally appeared on

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