You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and interactive features. Starting at just 99c for 8 weeks.

X

Welcome to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Your source for Clark and Champaign counties’ hometown news. All readers have free access to a limited number of stories every month.

If you are a News-Sun subscriber, please take a moment to login for unlimited access.

Draft’s not over after seven rounds for Bengals


The Cincinnati Bengals will be on the clock with the 21st overall pick in Thursday night's NFL Draft. The team has 10 picks in the seven rounds, including two each in Rounds 2, 6 and 7.

But the draft doesn’t end there.

Head coach Marvin Lewis and staff have a strong track record of finding diamonds in the rough among the leftovers. They have unearthed a few gems, most recently linebacker Vontaze Burfict last year.

Here are some sleepers for Cincinnati to keep an eye on:

New Hampshire cornerback Dontra Peters is nicknamed the “Swiss Army Knife” for a reason. He can play defensive back, wide receiver, running back, kick returner and punt returner. Peters was an all-conference running back in 2010 and 2011, and was second in the conference with 1,533 all-purpose yards. In 2012 he made an unselfish move to defense to give the team a presence at the corner position. Peters led the team in interceptions with four while registering 49 total tackles (41 solo, 8 assisted), a forced fumble, four pass breakups and an assisted tackle for loss.

The 5-foot-11, 201-pound Peters is a press corner and good in run support. He’s athletic with good upside and will continue to learn the CB position with experience/training. New Hampshire played a lot of man coverage and some zone. He may be best served at safety in the pros.

Peters worked out for the Seattle Seahawks and at least half a dozen teams have expressed interest.

Projection: Priority Free Agent

South Florida linebacker Sam Barrington may be the most versatile in the draft at his position. He played all three linebacker spots his senior season. Barrington is a blue-collar guy who plays with tenacity. He’s an excellent hitter who shows explosion when he strikes and can stop a ball carrier on contact. He is physical and aggressive with a nose for the ball. He’s good at taking on blocks and shows great sideline-to-sideline pursuit. He has the ability to compete for a starting spot at the WILL position.

Barrington has football smarts and demonstrates strong leadership on defense. He has good ball skills and is an intense competitor.

Projection: 4th or 5th round

Illinois State outside linebacker Evan Frierson (6-1, 237) is raw but extremely athletic and productive. He recorded 138 tackles, 13 sacks and 27 tackles for loss in two seasons with the Redbirds. Frierson transferred from Illinois after his sophomore year. He has good size, quickness, change-of-direction and ability to rush the passer. He plays with high intensity and motor with good burst in pursuit.   

Frierson worked out for the Bengals at his pro day. Others showing interest includes Chicago, Seattle and the New York Jets.

Projection: 6th or 7th round

Old Dominion inside/outside linebacker Craig Wilkins may be a sleeper but his stock has been on the rise since his pro day.

The 6-foot-1, 238-pound Wilkins ran 4.5 in the 40-yard dash with a 36-inch vertical jump and banged out 28 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. The little-known linebacker led his team with 90 tackles and 6.4 sacks during the 2012 season. He finished his college career as ODU's all-time leader in tackles with 340, tackles for loss with 40.0, sacks with 13.5, fumbles forced and fumbles recovered, and is tied for the career lead with nine interceptions. Wilkins is one of the more intriguing linebackers in the draft.

Cincinnati and Cleveland worked him out.

Projection: 7th round

Furman running back Jerodis Williams put up some impressive numbers at Coastal Carolina’s pro day. At least one scout clocked him anywhere between 4.47 and 4.49 in the 40-yard dash, 4.26 in the short shuttle and 6.53 in the three-cone drill (tied for second-best at the combine).

The 5-foot-11, 205-pound Williams recorded a 39.5 vertical and 10-foot, 1-inch broad jump. The following highlight reel speaks for his talent.

Projection: Priority Free Agent


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Sports

Reds call up former Dayton Dragons pitcher; Mesoraco dings knee
Reds call up former Dayton Dragons pitcher; Mesoraco dings knee

The Reds optioned right-handed pitcher Lisalverto Bonilla to Triple-A Louisville before Sunday’s game. They recalled right-hander Ariel Hernandez from Double-A Pensacola, adding a fresh arm to a bullpen that was forced to cover seven innings on Saturday after left-hander Cody Reed lasted just two in his first start of the season. Bonilla threw...
Arroyo helps Reds salvage disappointing homestand with win over Cubs
Arroyo helps Reds salvage disappointing homestand with win over Cubs

At 40, Bronson Arroyo gave the best performance during his long comeback, pitching three-hit ball over six innings Sunday as the Cincinnati Reds salvaged a 7-5 victory over the Chicago Cubs. Arroyo (2-2) allowed Anthony Rizzo’s two-run homer — his third of the series — and struck out seven batters for the first time since May 13,...
Reds prospect, former Dayton Dragon pitches perfect game
Reds prospect, former Dayton Dragon pitches perfect game

Former Dayton Dragons right-hander Tyler Mahle, who went into the 2017 season ranked by Baseball America as the 12th-best prospect in the Cincinnati Reds farm system, showed why on Saturday. Mahle, Cincinnati’s seventh-round pick in the June 2013 draft, threw a perfect game for Double-A Pensacola in a 1-0 Blue Wahoos win over the Mobile BayBears...
H.S. Results for 4/22: St. Henry coach gets 500th win

John Dorner, in his 28th season as head baseball coach of St. Henry, won his 500th career game in a 12-2 contest over Fort Jennings on Saturday. Ryan Luttmer was 4-for-4 with three doubles and six RBI and Rylee Deitsch was 4-for-4 with a triple and three RBI to lead St. Henry at the plate. On the mound Daylon Lange scattered four hits over four innings...
Baseball: Loss to Tipp leaves Kenton Ridge eager for rematch
Baseball: Loss to Tipp leaves Kenton Ridge eager for rematch

Kenton Ridge’s chances of a No. 1 seed in the Division II sectional tournament draw are likely gone due to a 9-0 loss to Tippecanoe on Saturday at Tom Randall Field. That didn’t upset Kenton Ridge coach Aaron Shaffer, though. Instead, Shaffer is confident his team will learn from Saturday’s mistakes and be ready for a rematch against...
More Stories