Round 5: C.J. Uzomah – TE, Auburn
Uzomah was active in just six games this season, postseason included. The Bengals’ third-string tight end registered just one catch for four yards in the 37-3 blowout of the Cleveland Browns and served as a fill in at H-Back for Ryan Hewitt during Cincinnati’s Monday night game in Denver. He was a valuable special teamer for the Bengals last season, but it’s time for him to show what he can do at tight end.
Round 6: Derron Smith – S, Fresno State
Although Smith had just four tackles on the season, he is a player with tremendous upside. Smith, a player many thought would be drafted much higher than the sixth round, is a guy many people within the franchise are really excited to see grow. While undersized, Smith’s instincts and football IQ could be huge assets for him as a player and for the Bengals secondary as a whole. He could see an increased workload as the team’s third safety next season if Reggie Nelson or George Iloka sign elsewhere.
Round 7: Mario Alford – WR, West Virginia
While many consider Alford to be another steal in the draft class, he didn’t get many chances to show it. Being active for just one game this season against the Browns, Alford had just one grab for 15 yards. Alford may get a much bigger chance to shine for the Bengals next year with Marvin Jones, Mohamed Sanu and Brandon Tate all on the verge of becoming free agents. And if Tate doesn’t return to Cincinnati, Alford will have every opportunity to become the Bengals’ long-term return man.