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Offensive Line Career
A rookie fourth-round pick of the Bengals, Smith has been called a pure OT prospect by Bengals coaches due to his size (6-5), length (35-inch arms) and agility ... Spent five seasons (2016-20) at East Carolina, after being granted a medical hardship waiver prior to his final year ... Played both G and OT early in his career, before settling at LT in his third season ... Saw action in 33 career games (30 starts), including streak of 26 straight before suffering season-ending injury in 2020 season-opener ... Recovered from injury in time to play in 2021 Senior Bowl, where Bengals coaches said he excelled.
Bengals Emerging Rookie D'Ante Smith Brings 'It' Factor To O-Line
Quarterbacks aren't the only guys who can have 'It.' Whatever "It," is. Take D'Ante Smith, the Bengals rookie offensive lineman built to NFL specifications and wired with "It." Rodney Holder, his head coach at Grovetown High School, just a Hail Mary from The Masters' Amen Corner, knew it long before the Bengals made his big guy with the baby face the first high school player from Columbia County to be drafted by the NFL.
Bengals Sign Seven Draft Picks
The Bengals today signed seven draft picks — DE Cam Sample, DT Tyler Shelvin, OT D'Ante Smith, K Evan McPherson, C/G Trey Hill, HB Chris Evans and DE Wyatt Hubert. The team also signed veteran free agent WR Trent Taylor.
Bengals Draft Picks By The Numbers
The Bengals unveiled the jersey numbers of their 2021 draft class and they literally ran the gamut with LSU wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase taking No. 1 for the first time in franchise history and college teammate Tyler Shelvin hauling down No. 99.
Ton Of Work Yields 'BMG' Draft For Bengals
A few behind-the scenes vignettes from the weekend on how the Bengals attacked this most unusual of drafts:
Bengals Go Big In AFC North Push Back Draft
The Bengals went historically big in the NFL Draft with seven of their 10 picks linemen.
Find Out What The Bengals Draft Picks; Coaches Said After Rounds 4 & 5 Of The 2021 NFL Draft
Press conference quotes from draft pick Cam Sample, Tyler Shelvin, D'Ante Smith and Evan McPherson, as well as coaches Brian Callahan, Lou Anarumo and Darrin Simmons.