Bengals sign three more Draft picks bringing total signed to seven
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - The Bengals on Saturday announced the signing of three more 2018 NFL Draft picks: safety Jessie Bates III, running back Mark Walton and cornerback Darius Philips.
Bates was taken in the second round. In two years (2016-17) of action at Wake Forest, the 6-foot-1, 200-pound Bates totaled 179 tackles, including 9.5 for losses, with six interceptions, nine pass breakups and two forced fumbles. He also served as a punt returner for the Demon Deacons, averaging 9.0 yards on 26 career returns, with one TD.
The 5-foot-10, 202-pound Walton was taken in the fourth round. He played three seasons (2015-17) at Miami (Florida(, and in 30 career games totaled 2,930 total yards and 28 touchdowns — 26 rushing and two receiving. Although an injury limited his 2017 campaign to just four games, he still managed 428 rushing yards on 56 carries (7.6) and three rushing TDs.
The 5-foot-10, 193-pound Phillips was a fifth-round selection. He was a three-time all-conference selection on defense in four seasons (2014-17) of action at Western Michigan, but he perhaps was best known for his impact on special teams. He finished his career ranked sixth in FBS history in kickoff return yards, with 3,145, and had four career kickoff returns of at least 100 yards. He scored 14 career TDs in five different ways — five on kickoff returns, one punt return, five interception returns, one fumble retirn and two receiving.
Their signing means the Bengals now have seven of their 11 Draft picks signed.
Four of the picks signed on Friday: fifth-round draft picks cornerback Davontae Harris and defensive tackle Andrew Brown and seventh-round picks quarterback Logan Woodside and guard Rod Taylor.
The four Draft picks who remain unsigned are: center Billy Price (first round; Ohio State), defensive end Sam Hubbard (third round; Ohio State), linebacker Malik Jefferson (third round; Texas) and wide receiver Auden Tate (seventh round; Florida State).