Cincinnati Bengals Undrafted Free Agents: Tracking the Latest Signings
Though the NFL draft has wrapped, the Cincinnati Bengals haven't finished adding rookies to the roster. As soon as the final pick is selected in Round 7, teams are on the phone with dozens of the remaining hundreds of players in order to sign them aboard.
Here's a look at the players the Bengals have brought on in the post-draft free agency period and how they may fit in Cincinnati.
WR Tyrone Goard, Eastern Kentucky
Kyle Tucker of the Courier-Journal reports that Eastern Kentucky undrafted free agent wide receiver Tyrone Goard has signed with the Cincinnati Bengals.
Despite having just 41 receptions in 2012, he put up 900 yards, along with eight receiving touchdowns. He had 11 touchdowns in 2011 with just 627 total yards. A tall scoring threat—he's 6'4"—the Bengals might as well see what Goard can bring to their offense.
LB Jayson DiManche, Southern Illinois
CBS Sports' Jason LaCanfora reports that the Cincinnati Bengals have signed Southern Illinois free agent outside linebacker Jayson DiManche.
DiManche had eight sacks in 2012. He was a 3-4 outside linebacker for Southern Illinois who worked as an edge-rusher, against the run and in coverage. Despite the Bengals running a 4-3, his versatile talent should help boost their linebacking corps. This is one of the better free-agent signings thus far.
LB Bruce Taylor, Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech beat writer Andy Bitter of the Roanoke Times reports the Bengals have signed undrafted free agent Virginia Tech linebacker Bruce Taylor.
DraftInsider.com says that Taylor is both explosive and quick. He had 76 tackles in 2012, along with 5.5 sacks, and he's been a starter for the past three seasons. His only weakness is in coverage, but against the run and in pass rushing situations, Taylor's quite talented.
DT Larry Black, Indiana
The Cincinnati Bengals have confirmed the signing of undrafted free agent defensive tackle Larry Black of Indiana.
Black is in the mold of a 4-3-style nose tackle. He had 36 tackles, 12 tackles for a loss, four sacks and two pass breakups for Indiana in 2012. He fits in well in Cincinnati and had a good shot of sticking around beyond training camp.
CB Terrence Brown, Stanford
The Cincinnati Bengals have announced they have signed undrafted free agent Stanford cornerback Terrence Brown.
Brown has good coverage cornerback skills, with his 6'1" height being a major asset. However, he needs to add weight—178 pounds isn't ideal when it comes to trying to tackle the bigger receivers in the league.
Brown had 66 tackles in 2012, along with an interception and nine pass breakups.
DT Travis Chappelear, NW Missouri State
The Cincinnati Bengals confirm the signing of undrafted rookie free agent defensive tackle Travis Chappelear from Northwest Missouri State.
Chapplear is 6'5" and 270 pounds, but he's fast for his considerable size. He could use work on his technique but he's a playmaker.
He had 62 tackles in 2012, along with eight tackles for a loss and one sack.
WR Roy Roundtree, Michigan
The Cincinnati Bengals have confirmed the signing of Michigan undrafted free agent wide receiver Roy Roundtree.
Roundtree has good height for a receiver, standing at 6'1", but he's a bit undersized, making him best-suited for work in the slot. His speed and blocking are good but he has a history of dropping passes.
Roundtree had 32 receptions for 434 yards and three touchdowns in 2012. His best season came in 2011, when he caught 72 passes for 935 yards and seven scores.
CB Troy Stoudermire, Minnesota
Stoudermire spent his first three seasons as both a wide receiver and a cornerback before switching completely to cornerback in his final year. In 2012, he had 59 tackles including 3.5 for a loss and three passes defensed.
His biggest asset is as a returner. He has 3,615 yards on 144 kickoff returns, an NCAA career yardage record.
G John Sullen, Auburn
The Cincinnati Bengals have confirmed the signing of undrafted free agent rookie guard John Sullen from Auburn.
Sullen is huge—6'6" and 335 pounds—so it's not surprising he possesses a lot of strength. It's also not surprising that he lacks speed, though he's very effective in close-in situations. That size could help out the Bengals' run game a lot, so it's possible he can crack the offensive rotation this year.
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