Player News - Bengals

Date: Team: Pos:

Bengals signed West Georgia DE Jason Carr.

Carr (6’5/302) originally committed to Tennessee as a four-star recruit, but transferred to community college after the Vols tried to convert him to offensive line. Carr spent his final two seasons at Division-2 West Georgia, managing 11 tackles for loss and four sacks. He ran a 5.56 forty and managed 12 bench-press reps at his Pro Day. While Carr looks like Muhammad Wilkerson with long arms (34 1/8") and a picturesque five-technique frame, Carr was an underachiever throughout college and failed to dominate in the small-school ranks.
Apr 30 - 10:26 AM

Bengals signed Nebraska TE Cethan Carter.

Carter (6’3/241) made 35 starts for the Cornhuskers, finishing with a 59-744-4 (12.6 YPR) receiving line and never earning above honorable mention All-Big Ten. Billed as a high-end athlete at Nebraska, Carter underwhelmed with a 4.68 forty and especially sluggish 4.73 three-cone time at the Combine. Lacking both the size to make an impact as a blocker and the athleticism to stress defenses, Carter has the look of a low-ceiling H-back/special teams prospect.
Apr 30 - 10:22 AM

Bengals signed Michigan State S Demetrious Cox.

Cox (6’0/200) made 25 starts in the Spartans’ secondary – 16 at safety and nine at corner – and finished his career with 5.5 tackles for loss and four interceptions. Draft analyst Tony Pauline reported Cox had first-round grades from NFL scouts before his senior season, but he struggled in 2016 and wasn’t even invited to the Combine. He ran a 4.55 forty at Michigan State’s Pro Day. Cox offers plus versatility and also shined on special teams, but he never developed into a difference maker in the Big Ten. He’ll try to carve out an NFL career as a defensive reserve and gunner.
Apr 30 - 10:19 AM

Bengals signed Illinois LB Hardy Nickerson.

Nickerson (6’0/232) was a three-year starter at Cal before transferring to Illinois as a graduate student to play for his father and Lovie Smith in 2016. While a recognizable name because of his longtime NFL linebacker dad, Nickerson was a low-impact college Mike ‘backer who managed honorable mention All-Big Ten honors last year and especially struggled against the run. Nickerson tested poorly in Indy with 4.78 speed and a sluggish 9-foot-8 broad jump. Nickerson’s bloodlines are the best thing going for him.
Apr 30 - 9:00 AM

Bengals selected Buffalo TE Mason Schreck with the No. 251 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Schreck (6'4/253) broke out as a senior for a 59-651-4 (11.0 YPR) receiving line to earn second-team All-MAC recognition from the conference's coaches. Schreck tested as a moderate athlete at his Pro Day, running 4.76 with a 9-foot-10 broad jump and 7.36 three-cone time. Schreck is a big underdog to beat out C.J. Uzomah or Tyler Kroft for a roster spot behind Tyler Eifert.
Apr 29 - 6:40 PM

Bengals selected Houston CB Brandon Wilson with the No. 207 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Wilson was a jack-of-all trades for the Cougars, starring at cornerback, running back and also making a name for himself as a standout return specialist. He flashed freakish athleticism at his Pro Day, turning in a 4.36 forty and broad-jumping 11'1 while grading out as a 92nd-percentile SPARQ athlete. Now it will be the Bengals' job to harness that athleticism and find out where Wilson fits best. He should contribute on special teams right away.
Apr 29 - 4:56 PM

Bengals selected Oklahoma ILB Jordan Evans with the No. 193 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Evans (6’3/232) made 36 starts in the OU linebacker corps, compiling 22 career tackles for loss with five interceptions and four forced fumbles. He earned first-team All-Big 12 from the conference’s coaches as a senior. Still snubbed for a Combine invite, Evans blew up the Sooners’ Pro Day with a 4.51 forty, 38 ½-inch vertical, and 7.01 three-cone time, good for top-five SPARQ results in this year’s off-ball linebacker class. A Malcolm Smith-style of player, Evans lacks a physical, thumping element to his game but offers sideline-to-sideline range and was one of college football’s premier pass-coverage linebackers.
Apr 29 - 4:17 PM

Bengals selected Utah OG J.J. Dielman with the No. 176 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Dielman (6’5/309) made 31 starts on the Utes’ offensive line, the first 26 at right tackle before making the final five at center, then suffering a year-ending foot injury as a senior. He was a second-team All-Pac 12 pick as a junior in 2015. The cousin of longtime Chargers OG Kris Dielman, J.J. is a short-armed (32 ¼") but athletic lineman whose pro projection will be limited to the interior. Dielman is a likely NFL "swing" backup with spot-starter potential.
Apr 29 - 3:32 PM

Bengals selected Memphis K Jake Elliott with the No. 153 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Elliott (5’9/167) set Memphis school records in points scored (445), consecutive PATs made (202), and field goals made (82), starting all four years and twice earning American Athletic Conference Special Teams Player of the Year. Elliott went 44-for-54 (81.5%) on field-goal tries over his final two seasons and converted 63.7% of his career kickoffs into touchbacks. While Elliott lacks Janikowskian leg power, he draws high marks for accuracy and placement. He has an outside chance to become a long-term NFL placekicker.
Apr 29 - 2:25 PM

Bengals selected Michigan DT Ryan Glasgow with the No. 138 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Glasgow (6’3/302) made 33 starts on the Wolverines’ defensive line, tallying 18.5 career tackles for loss, five sacks, and two forced fumbles. The brother of Lions G/C Graham Glasgow, Ryan earned second-team All-Big Ten honors in 2016. Glasgow was exposed as a sub-par athlete in Indy, running 5.13 and managing a seventh-percentile SPARQ score. A stout college run defender with limited pass-rush traits, Glasgow is a low-ceiling prospect who will have to get by on fundamentals and motor. He would do well to become a useful No. 3 defensive tackle.
Apr 29 - 1:46 PM

Bengals selected Tennessee WR Josh Malone with the No. 128 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Malone (6’3/208) arrived in Knoxville as a five-star recruit and went on to start 31 games across three seasons, compiling a career receiving line of 104-1,608-14 (15.5 YPR). As a 2016 true junior, Malone’s 19.4 yards-per-reception average shattered Robert Meachem’s single-season school record (18.3). A 4.4-flat field stretcher with otherwise limited athleticism, Malone is a long-striding, buildup-speed receiver whose game lacks suddenness and twitch. He notably struggled against press coverage at Tennessee, also disappointing in contested situations. Ultimately, Malone offers plus size and long speed but little else.
Apr 29 - 1:17 PM

Bengals selected Auburn DE Carl Lawson with the No. 116 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Lawson (6’2/261) turned pro as a redshirt junior after making 20 starts for the Tigers, tallying 14 sacks with 24 tackles for loss and three forced fumbles. Lawson rebounded from an injury-plagued start to his career to earn first-team All-SEC from the conference’s coaches in 2016. Lawson showed above-average athleticism in Indy, testing with 65th-percentile SPARQ and 4.67 speed. On tape, Lawson demonstrates a diverse pass-rush repertoire with an outside rip, power, speed, and spins. He also popped an inside rusher. Lawson has all the tools to develop into a high-end No. 2 pass rusher or low-end No. 1 with first-year-impact potential. It's believed Lawson slipped much further than expected in the draft due to concerns about his shoulders.
Apr 29 - 12:41 PM

In an anonymous survey of all 32 teams before the draft, just four said they would consider drafting Joe Mixon.

Yet, as ESPN's Adam Schefter noted, "it only takes one." Despite trading back in round two, the questionable-character-tolerant Bengals still got their guy at No. 48. It was never a secret that Cincinnati wanted Mixon before the draft. Mixon now becomes the Bengals' best running back by a significant margin. He should have an opportunity to assert himself as Cincinnati's every-down back.
Apr 29 - 10:46 AM

Bengals selected Kansas State DE Jordan Willis with the No. 73 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Willis (6’4/255) was a 39-game starter at K-State, placing third in school history in sacks (26) and sack yards (164) with 40.5 career tackles for loss and seven forced fumbles. Willis earned Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year as a senior. A high-motor edge presence, PFF College charted Willis with the second most QB pressures (80) in the nation in 2016, noting his explosive get-off and bull rush. Willis also posted a 94th-percentile SPARQ score in Indy. Willis has limitations in space and run defense, but his pass-rush skills are inarguable. We were shocked he didn’t generate more pre-draft buzz.
Apr 28 - 10:02 PM

Bengals selected Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon with the No. 48 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Mixon (6’1/228) was the Lightning to Samaje Perine’s Thunder as a Sooner, compiling a career 300-2,027-17 (6.8 YPC) rushing line with 65-894-9 (13.8 YPR) receiving. Also a standout pass-protection back, PFF College charged Mixon with just one QB hurry allowed on 48 blocking snaps. Mixon’s career 8.00 yards-per-touch average dwarfs Leonard Fournette (6.63), Christian McCaffrey (7.02), and Dalvin Cook (7.05), and Mixon’s workout metrics are eerily similar to Ezekiel Elliott’s with 4.43-4.50 speed, a 35-inch vertical, and 21 reps on the bench. Mixon’s off-field woes have been well documented, but his on-field talent isn’t in any doubt. Long term, he has Ricky Watters-level upside as a combination runner-receiver. Mixon's addition could make Jeremy Hill available for trade in Cincy. Hill has shown nothing since his rookie year, and Mixon should have no trouble leapfrogging him on the depth chart.
Apr 28 - 8:26 PM


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