INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 25: Tight end Orson Charles of Georgia participates in a drill during the 2012 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 25, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
One of the more exciting picks in this year's draft was the selection of Georgia tight end Orson Charles. Charles, who is a little smaller, but just as athletic as Jermaine Gresham, the team's starting tight end, looks as if he can stretch the field and give the Bengals a one-two punch at tight end similar to what the New England Patriots have with Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez.
Now that the draft is over, the Bengals will begin to sign their youngest players. Thanks to the new CBA, the days of rookie holdouts are pretty much over as teams don't pay unproven players as much as they used to for obvious reasons. Based on what last year's draft picks were signed for, we can predict what the Bengals will offer to their drafted rookies.
Last year's No. 116 pick was made by the Eagles, who selected linebacker Casey Matthews. They ended up signing Matthews to a four-year, $2.48 million contract. This is similar to what we could see the Bengals signing Charles for in the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned to Cincy Jungle for news on all rookie signings and everything Bengals related.