The Bengals today signed two of their early selections from the 2014 NFL draft, HB Jeremy Hill (second round, LSU) and DE Will Clarke (third round, West Virginia).
Hill posted two stellar seasons at LSU, setting a school career record for yards-per-rush (6.25). He had six rushes of 50 or more yards as a senior. At 233 pounds, he is the biggest RB the Bengals have drafted above the sixth round since 1977, when 248-pound Pete Johnson was chosen in the second round.
Clarke (6-6, 271) was successful both at DE and at DT during his West Virginia career. He switched from weak-side DE to strong-side DT as a senior and absorbed the move with ease, posting career-best totals for sacks (6.0) and tackles-for-loss (17.0). He is the only player in WVU history to win three “Iron Mountaineer” awards for excellence in the weight room.
The Bengals now have signed seven of their eight draft selections. Signed previously were C Russell Bodine (fourth round, North Carolina), QB AJ McCarron (fifth round, Alabama), LB Marquis Flowers (sixth round, Arizona), WR James Wright (seventh round, LSU) and CB Lavelle Westbrooks (seventh round, Georgia Southern).