College Free Agents: Bengals Bulk Up

The Bengals coveted Georgia defensive tackle Tyler Clark.
The Bengals coveted Georgia defensive tackle Tyler Clark.

The Bengals announced their class of 10 undrafted free agents Tuesday and they chose to fortify both lines. A quick look at the class.

DT Tyler Clark 6-3 289 Georgia, Americus, Ga.

Bengals love Georgia D-linemen … Think Geno Atkins and Robert Geathers … One of their most sought after CFAs … Part of a senior class that won a school-record 44 games and went to three straight New Year's Day bowls …

Key figure in success in 35 starts and 54 games … Bulldogs finished No. 1 nationally in in scoring defense, No. 1 in rushing defense and No. 1 in fewest rushing TDs allowed … 3-4 end-type…excellent vs. run … explosive hands … broke finger just before junior season and may have impacted draft stock … But rebounded with solid year on team-high eight tackles for loss. Born: 7/25/98

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G Clay Cordasco 6-5, 306 Oregon State, Cornish, Maine

One of two rookies out of Maine to get NFL shots, joining University of Maine kicker Earnest Edwards, a Rams free agent … Didn't attend combine but had terrific pro day … According to draftscout.com his three-cone drill of 7.57 better than all but two of 26 combine linemen … 4.59 seconds in 20-yard shuttle better than 25 … 5.08 seconds in the 40 10th among combine group, second for guards and centers …

In first 12 college starts this past season Beavers had seven 100-yard rushers … As junior played some red-zone defensive snaps … Born in New Jersey, played three high school seasons in Cornish, Maine with final year at Conway, N.H.'s Kennett High School … Played for two Los Angeles two junior colleges before playing 21 games at Oregon State …Turned 24 Tuesday. Born: 4/28/96

Trey Dishon had a career worthy to salute at Kansas State.
Trey Dishon had a career worthy to salute at Kansas State.

DT Trey Dishon 6-2 296 Kansas State, Horton, Kan.

Another team captain … missed just one start while making 50, the last 48 straight … Plays bigger than the measurements … finished with eight career starts, half against Kansas … Comes off season setting personal bests in tackles (30), tackles for loss (5.5), sacks (three) … Versatile enough to play both tackle spots with nose-guard strength and three technique frame … In high school won powerlifting 2013 Class 3A Championship for 242-pound weight class … all-state in basketball. Born: 5/19/97

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DE Kendall Futrell 6-2 222 East Carolina, Winterville, N.C.

11-sack man … one of those guys that had a virtual pro day and impressed with 9 1/2-inch hands, 33 3/8-inch arms, and a 80 1/4-inch wingspan, according to draftscout.com … Undersized… But wingspan has them thinking that may help transition from rush end to end that can also drop into coverage as SAM linebacker … Had injuries early in career but played all 24 games in last two seasons … Most productive player on Pirates defense last year … To go with those 11 sacks, career-best 63 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, 11 quarterback hurries … Born: 10/27/97

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G-T Josh Knipfel 6-6 309 Iowa State, Hampton, Iowa

Co-Captain … Projects to guard but could get occasional peek at tackle … M.O. is physical, smart finisher good in run game … Famously picked up 15-yard penalty early in season for playing to whistle despite losing helmet … started every game last three seasons for 39 straight … All-Big 12 quarterback Brock Purdy was sacked just 16 times to lead the Big 12 and ranked 18th nationally in sacks allowed (1.38) … Iowa State running back Breece Hall finished second in Big 12 games with 95 rushing yards per game. BORN: 2/26/98

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OLB Marcel Spears, Jr. 6-0 221 Iowa State Olathe, Kan.

Co-captain … not just a camp body after they drafted three linebackers … had draftable grades and should contend for a back of roster spot… character ( 2018 Alamo Bowl Sportsmanship Award), talent (2017 Liberty Bowl Defensive Player of the Game), production (seven tackles and two pass break-ups vs. Notre Dame in 2019) … started last 39 straight games of his career … Left with stat line of 272 tackles, 24.5 TFL, 13 pass break-ups, six sacks, four interceptions, two pick-sixes, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery … six double-digit tackle games … Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week when his two interceptions, one a pick-six in a tie game, beat Texas Tech in 2018… Twitter name shows his spiritual devotion…. @the_heavengates … Born: 5/29/97

Isiah Swann, the best cornerback in Dartmouth history, joins a team run by a former Dartmouth quarterback in Bengals president Mike Brown.
Isiah Swann, the best cornerback in Dartmouth history, joins a team run by a former Dartmouth quarterback in Bengals president Mike Brown.

CB Isiah Swann 5-11 188 Dartmouth; Queen Creek, Ariz.

Best linebacker in Bengals history is Dartmouth's Reggie Williams … Now Bengals, run by a former Dartmouth quarterback in club president Mike Brown, get best cornerback in Dartmouth history … Played big and physical while coming up with 17 career interceptions …. Named to Associated Press FCS All-America First Team in 2018 with nine interceptions Four more last season earned Associated Press FCS All-America Second Team Ended his career with end-zone pick at Brown to give Big Green share of Ivy League title …

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WR Scotty Washington 6-5 217 Wake Forest, Washington, D.C.

Size, height, weight and speed translates … An Auden Tate body … 40 time projected in 4.52 range … Good contested catcher … Competitive … Worked with Bengals rookie quarterback Joe Burrow's group in Los Angeles last month … Before suffering season-ending ankle injury in early November, racked up 17.3 yards per 35 catches and finished with career yard-per of more than 15 … Dad played college basketball at St. Francis. Born: 7/26/97

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RB Devwah Whaley 5-10 211 Arkansas, Beaumont, Tex.

Powerfully-built, reliable runner … Projected 40 in 4.6 range but in 388 carries during four seasons he averaged 4.7 yards per carry… 16 TDs … Showed all-around game with 38 career catches … 1 receiving TD Born: 11/3/97

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TE Mitchell Wilcox 6-4 247 South Florida, Tarpon Springs, Fla.

Along with Georgia's Clark, this guy is their most coveted CFA … Best tight end in school history … Holds all career and season receiving marks … Three-time All-American Athletic Conference selection … invites to East-West Shrine Game and NFL Scouting Combine … went to three bowl games and in a pair of bowl victories helped Bulls beat Power 5 opponents in 2016 and 2017 Birmingham Bowls...Willing to put his head down and block … Bulls had 1,000-yard rushers in the 2016, 2017 and 2018. Born: 11/7/96

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