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Projecting cost of Bengals rookie class

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STATE COLLEGE, PA - OCTOBER 25: Billy Price #54 of the Ohio State Buckeyes blocks during the game against the Penn State Nittany Lions on October 25, 2014 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
STATE COLLEGE, PA - OCTOBER 25: Billy Price #54 of the Ohio State Buckeyes blocks during the game against the Penn State Nittany Lions on October 25, 2014 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) /
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Logan Woodside 249 overall

2018 CAP Hit: $497,499

Total contract value through 2021: $2.5 million

Some fans wanted the Cincinnati Bengals to draft a quarterback early in the draft, but head coach Marvin Lewis believes in veteran Andy Dalton. However, with the loss of backup quarterback A.J. McCarron, it was no surprise they added a player in the late end of the draft to the squad. Cincinnati also signed quarterback Matt Barkley to the roster through free agency this offseason.

Barkley is a backup quarterback that has moved around the league his entire career failing to find an actual home. He is set to make $1.4 in 2018 while third-string quarterback Jeff Driskel is set to make only $630,000. Driskel has yet to stay healthy or even show anything on the field to prove that he is worthy of backing up Dalton. Cincinnati chose a kid that has potential and that they can develop over time and compete for the backup role.

Rod Taylor 252 overall

2018 CAP Hit: $497,268

Total contract value through 2021: $2.5 million

Cincinnati only addressed the offensive line twice in the draft including Ole Miss guard Rod Taylor. The Bengals feel that Frank Pollack can develop their already young talent along the offensive line which is why they felt it was best not to reach for a player in this year’s draft. Likely to make the practice squad, Taylor will have to prove himself worthy and prove the “lazy” allegations wrong if he wants a chance to start someday.

Auden Tate 253 overall

2018 CAP Hit: $497,268

Total contract value through 2021: $2.5 million

Florida State wide receiver Auden Tate was a surprise to fall all the way to the seventh round by many analysts. Considering his poor performance at the combine and his pro day, he proved not to be as fast or athletic as teams are looking for. The wide receiver has proven to be a playmaker on contested balls which could come in handy for the Bengals at some point.

Aside from A.J. Green and Tyler Eifert, Cincinnati lacks guys that can go up on those contested throws and come down with it in the end zone. While his speed is slower than desired, it could be a good fit for the small number of snaps in the red zone. He won’t get separation, but he will come down with the ball if he can replicate what he did in college.

Next: Malik Jefferson with Texas Insider

It would not surprise me if the Bengals kept him on the roster for development and small amounts of snaps in red zone packages. They have room at the bottom of the receivers depth chart if they want to move on from some of the guys coming close to their rookie deals ending.

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