Report: Bengals Linked To Illinois State Offensive Lineman Chris Riley

According to NE Patriots Draft, the Bengals have signed Illinois State offensive tackle Chris Riley. According to his Illinois State Redbirds page, Riley started all 11 games at right tackle; apart of an offensive line that posted 4,279 total yards. From 2008 through the 2009 seasons, Riley started 22 games at left tackle.

ESPN's Draft Tracker listed Riley as the 66th best offensive guard (not a tackle). On the other hand, Riley was listed as the 41st best offensive tackle in this year's rookie class that entered the 2011 NFL Draft. Which either means ESPN is completely off-base, or the Bengals are looking for versatile offensive linemen that can play multiple positions.

The Bengals also reportedly signed Kent State safety Brian Lainhart Monday night, though there's no official word from the organization yet; typical until the player actually signs his contract.

We suspect the Bengals will sign other players to address other positions, such as the secondary, running back and maybe more offensive line projects. In fact there really isn't a position that we could see that wouldn't have the possibility of having undrafted free agents added to the roster.

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