The Cincinnati Bengals have reached an agreement with seventh-round draft selection and former Ohio State Buckeye Reid Fragel.
A tight end for his first three seasons, Fragel moved to right tackle as a senior knowing it was his best position for the NFL. After a slow start at the position last spring, Fragel showed during his senior season he could adapt, drawing plenty of praise from Urban Meyer from coming out of nowhere to produce for the 2012 Buckeyes.
Fragel is as raw as they come, but at 6’8″ 308 lbs, he’s got the frame to play tackle in the NFL, and considering how young he is (turned 22 in February) and his limited time at the tackle position, there’s a lot of room for growth.
Reid Fragel played in all 39 games between 2009-11 as a tight end, starting in nine of them wearing jersey No. 88 … prior to his senior spring drills of 2012, he consulted with coaches and made the move to tackle and jersey No. 77 … he went from 280 pounds to 298 and played his senior season just over 300 pounds … he was outstanding at right tackle, starting all 12 games for the undefeated Buckeyes and earning honorable mention all-Big Ten honors … he was invited to both the Senior Bowl and the NFL Combine after the season … he was such a pleasant surprise that coach Urban Meyer has decided from now on that any player who comes out of nowhere to shine will earn the “Reid Fragel Award” … Reid was a fine tight end – he caught 14 passes for 185 yards and one touchdown in his career – but he was always more comfortable blocking than running routes and at 6-7, he has the length, leverage and athleticism to develop into a fine blocker, which he did … Fragel was the only senior offensive lineman on the two-deep chart … he played on special teams during the Buckeyes’ 2009 Big Ten and Rose Bowl championship teams … in 2010 and 2011 he saw tight end duty in every game … he caught a five-yard touchdown pass in the 20-17 win at Iowa in 2010, and he had a 42-yard reception in the 2011 Sugar Bowl vs. Arkansas … for his career, Fragel played in 51 games, started 21 times and was a four-year letterman … he did not red-shirt.