The 2017 NFL Draft is complete and the Cincinnati Bengals have already landed a few coveted undrafted free agents. NFL teams start trying to sign these UDFAs the second the draft ends, and sometimes even sooner, although all of the moves typically won't officially be announced for a few days.
While most UDFAs end up being little more than camp bodies, there are players that make the 53-man roster each season. The prospects all went undrafted for a reason, but they all have the potential to make it in the NFL in some role. And sometimes, teams strike gold with an Arian Foster or Tony Romo.
We have every player the Bengals have signed below. We've also included a brief write-up about the more notable additions.
Brandon Bell, LB, Penn State
Harold Brantley, DL, Northwest Missouri State
Cethan Carter, TE, Nebraska
Jason Carr, DE, West Georgia
Demetrious Cox, S, Michigan State
Karel Hamilton, WR, Samford
Darrin Lafausa, FB, UTEP
Landon Lechler, OL, North Dakota State
Torren McGaster, CB, Vanderbilt
Hardy Nickerson, LB, Illinois
Tyler O'Connor, QB, Michigan State
Kent Perkins, OL, Texas
Dustin Stanton, OL, Oregon State
Josh Tupou, DL, Colorado
Jarveon Williams, RB, UT-San Antonio
Stanley "Boom" Williams, RB, Kentucky
Harold Brantley is the most intriguing player signed. He started his career at Missouri and looked like the real deal, getting a third round grade from the NFL Draft advisory board after his redshirt sophomore year. But then he was in a car crash that nearly killed him. He was then kicked out of Missouri for academics, landing at Northwest Missouri. He hasn't been remotely close to the same player he was at Mizzou, but perhaps he can find that form again.
Both Brandon Bell and Hardy Nickerson were among my favorite late Day 3 prospects. One or both could latch on as special teams players and grow into solid backups.
Kent Perkins has some guard and tackle ability. He might not make an NFL roster right away, but he could become a decent depth option. QB Tyler O'Connor is nothing more than a camp arm.
Stanley "Boom" Williams has 3rd down back potential. He's undersized, but the Bengals are looking to replace Rex Burkhead and maybe even Cedric Peerman. Williams will need to shine on special teams to make the roster, with Joe Mixon, Jeremy Hill and Gio Bernard on the roster.Back to the Cincinnati Bengals Newsfeed