The Bengals, who talked about selecting UCLA pass rusher Takk McKinley in the 2017 draft, ended up with him three years later Wednesday when they claimed him off waivers from the Falcons.

With one swift move the Bengals suddenly added a former first-rounder with two post-season sacks who turned just 25 last week in an effort to bolster a pass rush that has three sacks in the last four games. The 6-2, 265-pound McKinley brings 17.5 sacks in 49 games, making him the Bengals’ second most prolific edge sacker behind Carl Lawson’s 18 sacks.

The claim came two weeks after the Bengals traded Carlos Dunlap, their long-time edge sack leader, to the Seahawks because of a lack of a fit in the Bengals emerging defensive scheme. McKinley, released by the Falcons Monday, missed the last game with a groin issue.

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