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The Bengals viewed fourth-round DB Josh Shaw as the "best gunner in the draft."

Capable of playing both corner and safety, Shaw is currently slotted in as the Bengals' fifth corner, but it appears the team expects his biggest rookie impact to come on special teams. Shaw is 6-foot-1, 201 pounds with 4.44 wheels. His eventual home could/should be free safety.
May 3 - 1:46 PM

Jake Fisher said the Bengals are going to teach him how to play all three offensive line positions.

The Bengals are eager to use Fisher wherever they can. Fisher's clearest path would seem to be at right tackle, where Marshall Newhouse and Andre Smith split time last season. Left tackle Andrew Whitworth dominated in 2014 but the Bengals may not be able to re-sign him when he hits free agency.
May 3 - 1:08 PM

Bengals signed Washington WR Kasen Williams.

Williams (6'2/218) arrived at Washington as a top-100 recruit and looked the part as a sophomore with a 77-878-6 receiving line. Unfortunately, Williams regressed after a severe Lisfranc/fibula injury in 2013. He was a part-time player as a senior, starting 6-of-14 games and managing 20 catches with 189 yards and two TDs. Williams showed below-average athleticism at his Pro Day, running 4.63 with a 9-foot-11 broad jump. At this stage, Williams' best chance at a pro career may be in the CFL.
May 2 - 10:40 PM

Bengals signed Texas A&M S Floyd Raven.

Raven (6'0/202) was a reserve safety and cornerback in four years at College Station, primarily shining on special teams. He flashed the potential to do more at the TAMU Pro Day, running 4.49 with a 10-foot-4 broad jump and pumping 17 reps on the bench. Although Raven had a largely nondescript college career, his speed-athleticism combo makes him an intriguing project as a potential NFL free safety. He'll start out on kickoff and punt coverage.
May 2 - 10:32 PM

Bengals signed Azusa Pacific RB Terrell Watson.

Watson (6'1/236) shattered Christian Okoye's school records at Azusa Pacific, twice earning Great Northwest Conference Player of the Year (2013, 2014). As a senior, Watson gained 2,153 yards and scored 29 TDs on 319 carries (6.75 YPC), adding 19 receptions. Watson profiles similarly to Jonathan Stewart from a workout-numbers standpoint, running 4.55 with a 35 1/2-inch vertical and 10-foot-3 broad jump. Already enshrined into Canton by Rotoviz's Jon Moore, Watson has all the makings of a big-time small-school sleeper.
May 2 - 8:12 PM

Bengals selected West Virginia WR Mario Alford with the No. 238 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Alford (5'9/180) spent two seasons at West Virginia, catching 92 balls for 1,497 yards (16.3 YPR) and 13 TDs. He served as the Mountaineers' lid popper opposite alpha dog Kevin White. Although Alford can run like the wind -- he clocked 4.25 at WVU's Pro Day -- Alford has inconsistent hands, is severely undersized, and won't win contested catches with a 34-inch vertical. Alford did return two kickoffs for touchdowns as a senior and could carve out a Trindon Holliday-like NFL career.
May 2 - 5:55 PM

Bengals selected Fresno State with the No. 197 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Smith (5'10/200) was a ballhawk in the Bulldogs' secondary, piling up 15 career INTs and earning first-team All-Mountain West as a sophomore, junior, and senior. He missed the Combine due to sports hernia surgery, but was healthy for the Fresno State Pro Day, running 4.61 with a 34-inch vertical and 10-foot-3 broad jump. Smith lacks upper-echelon athletic tools, but flashed man-cover skills in the slot and can function at either safety position. He projects as an early-career NFL starter if asked to play that role.
May 2 - 4:17 PM

Bengals selected Auburn TE C.J. Uzomah with the No. 157 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

The Bengals already selected Tyler Kroft, so this is their second tight end. Uzomah (6'6/262) was a lightly used pass catcher in Gus Malzahn's offense, managing 29 career receptions for 435 yards (15.0 YPR) with seven TDs. A plus athlete for his size, Uzomah may have been capable of more usage considering his 4.62 speed, 31-inch vertical, and 9-foot-10 broad jump. A willing blocker with a wide receiver background, Uzomah has a chance to become a better NFL than college player.
May 2 - 2:47 PM

Bengals selected Arizona State DT Marcus Hardison with the No. 135 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Hardison (6'3/307) spent two seasons with the Sun Devils after transferring from JUCO, busting out as a senior for ten sacks and 15 TFLs. He played all over the line in college, but projects best to a three-technique position. Hardison showed plus athleticism at the ASU Pro Day, running 4.92/4.97 with an 8-foot-11 broad jump. Although Hardison is a work in progress in run defense, he has enough explosion off the snap and quickness to push for immediate snaps on passing downs. The Bengals confirmed after selecting Hardison that he will train at three technique in Paul Guenther's defense.
May 2 - 1:41 PM

Bengals selected USC DB Josh Shaw with the No. 120 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Shaw (6'1/201) transferred from Florida to USC in 2012, seeing action at both corner and safety. Plagued by injuries and off-field issues, he only made 24 starts, tallying 8.5 career tackles for loss and six INTs. Shaw blazed 4.44 at the Combine with a 37 1/2-inch vertical and highly explosive 10-foot-10 broad jump. A versatile, gifted free safety prospect, Shaw could end up as a steal if he keeps his head on straight. He has obvious playmaking ability and can cover man to man.
May 2 - 1:04 PM

Bengals selected TCU OLB Paul Dawson with the No. 99 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Dawson (6'0/235) was a tackle machine on the Horned Frogs' defense, recording 38 career TFLs as a two-year starter. He was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year as a senior. Although Dawson was a dominant college defender, he earned a reputation for persistent tardiness at TCU, and is a poor athlete, running 4.93 with a 28-inch vertical and 9-foot-1 broad jump. Dawson's best NFL fit may be in an Larry Foote-type role where he's protected by a nose tackle and isn't asked to play in coverage. Otherwise, he'll have to become a big-time special teamer to last in the pros.
May 1 - 11:16 PM

Bengals selected Rutgers TE Tyler Kroft with the No. 85 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Kroft (6'6/246) made 24 starts in three seasons at Rutgers, catching 70 balls for 901 yards (12.9 YPR) and five TDs. His 2014 stats took a dive as Kroft played through a high ankle sprain. Healthy at the Scarlet Knights' Pro Day, Kroft ran 4.75 with a 34-inch vertical and 10-foot broad jump. Kroft is smart (32 Wonderlic) with long arms (33") and big hands (9 5/8"), and excelled as a slot receiver in 2013 before taking on more in-line duties last season. NFL Films' Greg Cosell has compared Kroft to Zach Ertz with more competitiveness as a blocker.
May 1 - 10:46 PM

Bengals selected OT Jake Fisher with the No. 53 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Fisher (6'6/306) made 35 starts for the Ducks, kicking from right to left tackle as a senior and earning first-team All-Pac 12 while allowing just one sack. Fisher has adequate arm length (33 3/4") to play any position up front, and big hands (10 3/8") to stone pass rushers. He shredded the Combine, running 5.01 with a 32 1/2-inch vertical and 7.25 three-cone time, one of the best among linemen. Fisher needs to add strength and improve his hand usage, but is athletic enough to develop into a top-notch pass blocker. In Kyle Long, Max Unger, and Geoff Schwartz, Oregon has churned out O-Line hits. With Andrew Whitworth and Andre Smith entering contract years, Fisher and Cedric Ogbuehi are the Bengals' tackles of the future.
May 1 - 8:55 PM

The Tampa Bay Times' Rick Stroud reports the Bucs "will target" either Oregon OT Jake Fisher or Pittsburgh OT T.J. Clemmings with the No. 34 pick.

Aside from LSU T/G La'El Collins, who's in some hot water with the law, Fisher is the No. 1 offensive lineman left on Rotoworld draft guru Josh Norris' big board. Clemmings is No. 2. Both had outside shots at going in the first round and should hear their names called early Friday night. Tampa Bay, looking to protect new QB Jameis Winston, is looking for a Week 1 starting right tackle.
May 1 - 12:33 PM

Bengals No. 21 overall OT Cedric Ogbuehi (ACL) has resumed jogging, and fully expects to play in 2015.

Ogbuehi hopes to be ready for training camp, but it's unlikely after he went under the knife in January. With Andrew Whitworth and Andre Smith locked in as the Bengals' starting tackles, they have zero reason to rush a player in Ogbuehi that they eventually want to man the blindside. Ogbuehi will be a candidate for the reserve/PUP list, costing him the first six games of the season.
May 1 - 12:59 AM


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