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Bengals sign their first draft pick

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Safety George Iloka is the first member of the 2012 Bengals draft class to sign a contract.

Eric Edholm of Pro Football Weekly reported Wednesday that Iloka has reached agreement on a four-year deal with the team. He was drafted in the fifth round, part of a 10-player class for the Bengals.

Iloka’s size — 6’4″, 225 pounds with long arms — mades him an intriguing safety prospect going into the draft with some predicting he’d go before the end of the second day. He dropped to the Bengals, though, and they likely look at Iloka as a potential answer to some of the supercharged tight ends running around the league. The Bengals don’t have a set starter next to Reggie Nelson. Taylor Mays might have the inside track on the spot, but Iloka and Robert Sands could also get a look this summer.

The Bengals hold rookie minicamp this week, which makes it likely Iloka won’t be the last signing in the next few days.

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5 Responses to “Bengals sign their first draft pick”
  1. fxws says: May 9, 2012 4:21 PM

    The Bengals sure like their safeties tall.

  2. gunpowderjones says: May 9, 2012 4:28 PM

    I don’t think that’s Iloka in the picture. He was number 8 in college.

  3. Vegas Guy says: May 9, 2012 5:14 PM

    Mike Brown was probably the one that really pushed for that Rookie Salary Cap thing (which I’ll be honest I don’t know much about). Should make getting draft picks signed and in camp easier then in the past.

    What Mike Brown doesn’t understand is if you screw a player early in his career he’s not going to want to stay with you after his contract is up (if he’s worth keeping).

  4. bballpat07 says: May 9, 2012 7:54 PM

    Interesting camp battle at the safety position this year!

    At least I don’t have to travel to Georgetown anymore to see training camp. Now I have to beat the homeless people away with sticks

  5. stoptrippn says: May 9, 2012 10:26 PM

    Taylor mays will be a pro bowl player finally this year. Inside track? Dumb comment

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