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Bengals sign first-round pick Kevin Zeitler

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The Cincinnati Bengals have their second first-round pick signed.

Kevin Zeitler, a guard from Wisconsin whom the Bengals selected with the 27th overall pick in the NFL draft, has signed his rookie contract, the team announced. The Bengals had already signed their other first-round pick, cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick.

The Bengals traded down in the first round and ended up taking Zeitler with the 27th overall pick, which they acquired from the Patriots. But they said they liked him enough that they would have taken him at No. 21 if the Patriots hadn’t made the trade offer.

When the Bengals got Organized Team Activities underway, Zeitler was working with the first-string offense as the starting right guard.

“It’s cool to be up there getting some reps, but I have a long way to go,” Zeitler said. “If they did put me with the first unit – great. If they didn’t, I would have just tried to work my way up. I just try to do my job and try to get better.”

The Bengals’ two third-round picks, wide receiver Mohammed Sanu and defensive tackle Brandon Thompson, are the only draft picks they haven’t signed.

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13 Responses to “Bengals sign first-round pick Kevin Zeitler”
  1. pooflingingmonkey says: May 25, 2012 2:16 PM

    It should be pointed out that Zeitler has yet to commit a felony, rendering the Bengals decision to draft him even more puzzling.

  2. t8ertot says: May 25, 2012 2:18 PM

    Hey, hey, hey!!! A positive bengals article. Imagine that.

    Zeitler is an awesome pick..I don’t mind that they let De Castro slip, just wish he hadn’t gone to the Steelers. Some mocks had him above De Castro.

  3. tightierightie says: May 25, 2012 2:20 PM

    Personally wudda rather had DeCastro but after reading or hearing how this kid talks about things am thrilled with how the trade down worked out. Will be interesting to see how the 2 of their (DeC / Z) careers go over time. Think both will be top-shelf barring serious injury.

  4. realisticbunglesfan says: May 25, 2012 2:22 PM

    Good/safe pick. I like ‘em.

  5. morgan420 says: May 25, 2012 2:32 PM

    If they just sign sanu id be even more happy

  6. sellout3871 says: May 25, 2012 2:49 PM

    I wanted DeCastro too, but considering we got a Guard that fits our offense better than DeCastro, AND got another really strong DT out of the trade with NE, i’d say another surprisingly good move by Mike Brown and the Bengals front office.

  7. beedubyatoo says: May 25, 2012 2:51 PM

    Any O-lineman from Wisconsin can play right away. No D-1 school coaches their linemen any better.

  8. muskyhunter2542 says: May 25, 2012 3:25 PM

    Congrats Kevin from Wisconsin Luth. HS grad

  9. all32 says: May 25, 2012 3:30 PM

    May 25, 2012, 11:49 AM PDT
    I wanted DeCastro too, but considering we got a Guard that fits our offense better than DeCastro, AND got another really strong DT out of the trade with NE, i’d say another surprisingly good move by Mike Brown and the Bengals front office.

    Really Sellout and what position do you play on the team. “we and our” fans that talk like they are on the team are just dumb asses.

  10. mwindle1973 says: May 25, 2012 3:41 PM

    I too think that Zietler was the better choice for their blocking scheme. Actually I think he was better for PITs blocking scheme too, but they must have not thought so. Anyone who doubts that Zietler was the Bengals 1st choice at G, needs to just research some reports that came out a week or so before the draft. It was reported 3-4 times that former OSU head coach, and current Bengal scout John Cooper was standing on the table for them to take a certain Big Ten Olineman with one of the first picks. Shame on the media for not being able to figure out who that T was. Yeah they assumed he meant T Mike Adams, or made no assumption. It’s because the majority of mocksters had him in the second round. Whereas it’s been confirmed through reports that at least CIN, PIT, BAL and 3 other unnamed teams had him with a 1st round grade and/or as the #1 G in the draft.

  11. randallflagg52 says: May 25, 2012 4:33 PM

    Reach!

  12. mikebrownistheworstownerinprosports says: May 25, 2012 5:27 PM

    Great pickup. The Bengals will have one of the best lines in football this year. Who-dey!

  13. bonniebengal says: May 29, 2012 4:28 PM

    “Really Sellout and what position do you play on the team. “we and our” fans that talk like they are on the team are just dumb asses.”

    Oh, another “You can’t say We” Idiot. Fans are a part of successful teams. I have earned the right to say “We” by supporting this team through good and bad, and we all know there was a lot of bad. Any team that rejects its fans and says they are not part of the team are just foolish. I hope the Bengals are beyond that.

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