Florida DE Carlos Dunlap falls in with Bengals at No. 54 overall in second round of 2010 NFL Draft

By Adam Silverstein
April 23, 2010

Round 2 – No. 54
Carlos Dunlap, DE
Cincinnati Bengals

Height: 6’6″ – Weight: 277 lbs.
Age: 20 – Class: Junior

Experiencing a slide in the 2010 NFL Draft that he certainly did not expect when he declared as a junior, former Florida Gators defensive end Carlos Dunlap did not have to wait long after his linemate Jermaine Cunningham was picked. In fact, Dunlap’s name was called immediately after Cunningham’s when he was finally chosen by the Cincinnati Bengals with the No. 54 overall pick in the second round.

The eighth Florida defensive lineman to be drafted in the past five years, Dunlap was a unanimous 2009 first-team All-SEC player by the conference’s coaches, the Associated Press and Sporting News. His 19.5 career sacks with the Gators puts him in the top ten in school history.

He was projected to be a top-five selection in the draft before the 2009 season began due to his athletic ability but steadily fell down scouts’ charts due to character concerns (his DUI before the 2010 SEC Championship) and, more importantly, an inconsistent motor. Most front office personnel are of the opinion that Dunlap takes plays off during games, something he adamantly denies.

Dunlap will join former Gators wide receiver Andre Caldwell (third round – 2008) and cornerback Keiwan Ratliff in Cincinnati.

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