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Bengals Sign Fifth-Round Pick J.J. Dielman


The Bengals today signed C/G J.J. Dielman of the University of Utah, the second of the Bengals' two fifth-round selections in the 2017 NFL Draft (176th overall). He is the 10th of 11 Bengals draft picks to sign a contract. He signed a four-year deal.

Dielman (6-5, 309) was a three-year starter on Utah's offensive line, starting 31 of 32 total career games. He started the Utes' first five games at center last season as a senior before suffering a season-ending foot injury. He played right tackle his sophomore and junior seasons. Dielman blocked for Utah RBs Joe Williams and DeVontae Booker, who averaged a combined 5.4 yards per carry over Dielman's three years as a starter and three times topped 1200 yards (Williams totaled 1438 rushing yards in 2016, while Booker had 1512 in '14 and 1261 in '15).

The Bengals have one draft pick still unsigned -- DE Jordan Willis (third round; Kansas State).

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