Billy Price will start in 2018, while Bates should play plenty in Teryl Austin’s three-safety packages. Hubbard, Jefferson and Brown are impressive athletes, and Walton could have gone much higher if not for a season-ending ankle injury.
Billy Price could be an immediate upgrade on the line, opening up holes for Joe Mixon and giving Andy Dalton a pocket to step into.
Malik Jefferson lacks instincts and is a tad stiff laterally, but Jefferson is an incredible athlete (4.52 40-yard dash). He’ll rack up tackles when kept clean versus the run and could develop into a terrific cover man with time.