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McCarron among Bengals final picks

A.J. McCarron was drafted to back up and perhaps push Andy Dalton.
A.J. McCarron was drafted to back up and perhaps push Andy Dalton.
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The Cincinnati Bengals collected eight new players in this year's NFL Draft that came to a close on Saturday after three days of waiting and watching before the final pick was made.

After selecting Darqueze Dennard, a defensive back out of Michigan State, the Bengals turned their eyes to the offensive side of the ball with three of the next four picks. The first was running back Jeremy Hill who ran for the second most yards in LSU history with 1,401 yards and 16 touchdowns. Also coming from the Bayou Bengals was wide receiver and special teamer James Wright in the seventh round.

The Bengals opted to bolster the defensive line with the hulking Will Clarke. Clarke is listed at 6-foot-6 and 270 pounds and used that large frame to bring down the quarterback six times, 49 tackles overall. The other defensive players drafted were linebacker Marquis Flowers (Arizona, 6th round) and cornerback Lavelle Westbrooks (Georgia Southern, 7th).

Perhaps the biggest name drafted by Cincinnati in the later rounds was Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron. The senior QB lead the Crimson Tide to two National Championships and was on the sideline in 2010 when Alabama won after he was given a redshirt in his freshman season. The move gives the Bengals an option behind Dalton if he is either hurt or perhaps does not perform to the level he can.

Cincinnati also acquired Russell Bodine, a center out of North Carolina. Kyle Cook was healthy for the 2013 season, but the seven year veteran appeared in just four games in 2012 after suffering an ankle injury.

Those drafted hope they can make it through camp to earn a roster spot. If they do make it through the summer, then they will be in uniform on Aug. 7 when the Bengals head to Kansas City for the first preseason game of 2014.