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Bengals sign two of top four draft picks

Published: Sunday, May 07, 2017 @ 1:45 PM
Updated: Sunday, May 07, 2017 @ 2:09 PM
By: John Boyle - Staff Writer

The Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday signed first-round pick John Ross and fourth-round pick Carl Lawson.

Ross, a wide receiver from Washington whom the Bengals selected with the ninth overall pick, and Lawson, a linebacker out of Auburn, both signed four-year contracts. Ross’ contract includes a team option for a fifth year.

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Ross (5-foot-11, 188) clocked a NFL Scouting Combine record 4.22-second 40-yard dash. At Washington, he caught 81 passes for 1,150 yards and 17 touchdowns.

“It’s great for John that this part of it is out of the way,” Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said. “This gives him the opportunity to focus on finishing school and then football, and I think that’s important.”

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Lawson (6-2, 261) played in 33 games with 20 starts at Auburn. He totaled 14 career sacks and 24 tackles for loss. Lawson had nine sacks last season.

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The Bengals draft choices still unsigned are running back Joe Mixon (second round; Oklahoma), defensive end Jordan Willis (third round; Kansas State), wide receiver Josh Malone (fourth round; Tennessee), defensive tackle Ryan Glasgow (fourth round; Michigan), kicker Jake Elliott (fifth round; Memphis), offensive lineman J.J. Dielman (fifth round; Utah), linebacker Jordan Evans (sixth round; Oklahoma), safety Brandon Wilson (sixth round, Houston) and tight end Mason Schreck (seven round; Buffalo).