Freshman Finals – Grading the Bengals NFL Draft Class

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Reid Fragel, OT (7th-Round / 240th Overall)

Fragel was just too green to compete for a roster spot as a one-dimensional offensive tackle.  Signed to the practice squad, Fragel was signed by the Cleveland Browns in late October.  Grade:  Dropped

Sep 22, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Jayson DiManche (51) during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Paul Brown Stadium. Cincinnati won 34-30. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

T.J. Johnson, C (7th-Round / 245th Overall)

Starting center Kyle Cook is generally viewed by the fan bases and statisticians as the weakest link on an otherwise stout offensive line.  This year Cook has played better, but with Trevor Robinson regressing a bit, Johnson might get his shot next year.

A road grater who used to pave-the-way for Marcus Lattimore at South Carolina, Johnson’s laid-back demeanor may be the most important development needed if he wants to get his stripes dirty.

Grade: D

Jayson Dimanche, LB (UDFA)

The Bengals could be starting a tradition of finding undrafted linebacker talent.  The latest in that saga, Dimanche is tied for second in special teams tackles and continues to show strong improvements.  He still has a long way to go, but Dimanche has not stopped trying to get there.

While he may get an A for effort, his actual score is a bit lower, but it is expected to improve. 

Grade: B-

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