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The Bengals’ undrafted rookie class is in

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The Bengals may not announce their official list of undrafted rookie signings until rookie minicamp. But Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer has a list of Bengals UDFA additions, and it includes former Arizona State linebacker Vontaze Burfict.

The rest of the Bengals’ undrafted free agents, per Reedy:

Bowling Green center Ben Bojicic, Western Kentucky cornerback Derrius Brooks, UCLA safety Tony Dye, New Mexico defensive back Bubba Forrest, Colorado quarterback Tyler Hansen, Indiana State receiver Justin Hilton, Arkansas State defensive end Brandon Joiner, Kansas State safety Emmanuel Lamur, West Virginia defensive end Julian Miller, UConn receiver Kashif Moore, Notre Dame guard Trevor Robinson, New Mexico State receiver Taveon Rodgers, Colorado running back Rodney Stewart, and Clemson tackle Landon Walker.

Burfict has the biggest name of the group, but the small-schooler Joiner (pictured) could be a sleeper to crack the Bengals’ roster. An undersized pass rusher at about just over 6-foot-2 and 250 pounds, Joiner earned Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year honors during a 13-sack senior campaign. Joiner originally signed with Texas A&M out of high school, so he obviously has some talent.

(Photo credit: Arkansas State.)

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8 Responses to “The Bengals’ undrafted rookie class is in”
  1. warrenmoon says: May 1, 2012 1:25 PM

    The Raiders signed UDFA’s as DE’s that are 225 and 235 respectively. Not sure what the meaning of that is, but I am sure they will have our O-line playing confident in training camp. As for the Bengals, that 6’2″ 250 guy does not sound so undersized now. And any time you sign one of the hardest hitters (Burfict) and a guy named Bubba you are doing alright.

  2. wwwfugu says: May 1, 2012 1:29 PM

    Vontaze can point with the best of them; all-time great pointing skills.

  3. joemammy says: May 1, 2012 2:03 PM

    Is it a coincidence that ‘crack’ and ‘Bengals’ are used in the same sentence? I think not.

  4. hrdcorbengalsfan says: May 1, 2012 2:12 PM

    joemammy

    Another Bengal hater. Get over it! I feel the hate and it makes us stronger!

  5. beelicker says: May 1, 2012 2:44 PM

    warrenmoon says: Raiders signed UDFAs as DEs that are 225 and 235 <<<

    More likely than not they'll be taking the field as linebacker 'projects' even though in college they played at DE.

    & I'm surprised Joiner's 'criminal' past is not being mentioned here as yet another of Mike "Redeemer" Brown's projects (as well as why such a top-rated DE – undersized or not – was not drafted at all):

    http://www.kdhnews.com/news/story.aspx?s=63008

  6. lew24 says: May 1, 2012 3:02 PM

    I think Rey Maualuga will be a purfict example to Vontaze on how to be an NFL player on and off the field!

  7. beelicker says: May 1, 2012 3:31 PM

    & speaking of MFB’s redeemer tendencies, they are a historical tribute to The Old Man, PB (Mike was Paul’s trusted righthand man from the very beginning from right after the time Art #### canned PB in Cleveland until they eventually secured the Bengals franchise in Cincinnati … & beyond).

    This traces back to the Bengals’ very first (AFL) season of ’68 when their 4th round draft pick, DB (in college, anyway) Jess Phillips from Mich St, was released from prison (bad checks) a mere 6 days prior to the regular-season kickoff & ended up starting (at RB) for the Bengals in their inaugural AFL game (pre-merger).

    You can look it up!

  8. hitdog042 says: May 1, 2012 7:04 PM

    It amazes me people log on here to rip the Bengals still for no reason. Great draft. Playoffs 2 of past 3 years. Keep on keepin on tho….The Bengal fans salute (and laugh) at you.

    ESP Joe Toronto. His anger towards the Bengals is downright medical.

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