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Bengals Finish Off 'Big' Fourth Round With East Carolina Tackle D'Ante Smith

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The Bengals literally finished off their massive fourth round with the selection of East Carolina left tackle D'Ante Smith, a 6-foot-5, 294 pounder with 35-inch arms who may be able to play guard.

Smith, a three-year starter, suffered a season-ending injury in last season's opener, halting a skein of 26 straight starts.

Smith, taken with the Bengals' third pick in the fourth at No. 139, is known for his movement and was the third linemen they took in the round after taking Tulsa pass rusher Cam Sample and LSU defensive tackle Tyler Shelvin. He's another guy that impressed the Bengals at the Senior Bowl practices after they picked Sample, an MVP in Mobile. Smith missed the game with a thumb injury.

Bengals offensive coordinator Brian Callahan said Smith has the nimble feet of a tackle but showed during Senior Bowl week he's got muscle to play guard.

"You're looking for traits and he's got them," said Callahan, who, yes, noticed the arm length. "When you see guys with 35-inch, 36-inch arms , you do see how they recover and how they can get separation for the quarterback. It's a factor."

Presented by Tide, the Bengals select D'Ante Smith with the 139th pick in the fourth round of the 2021 NFL Draft. Check out the top pictures of the Bengals selection from East Carolina.

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