CINCINNATI, OH - MAY 12: Rodney Stewart #37 of the Cincinnati Bengals works out during a rookie minicamp at Paul Brown Stadium on May 12, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Every year there's a handful of college free agents that the Bengals sign with a viable opportunity to earn a spot on the team's 53-man roster. Even look at this year's new and improved mega-roster of awesome that so many are swooning over.
Kyle Cook (signed by Minnesota), Chris Pressley, Dennis Roland (signed by Dallas), Dan Skuta are all guys with (at least some) starting experience. Armon Binns (signed by Jacksonville) is being talked about as a leading candidate for the No. 2 wide receiver spot and you won't find a soul that doesn't love themself some Young Baby Hawk (Andrew Hawkins). Long story short, undrafted free agents will always make their marks in Cincinnati.
And Cincinnati's class of undrafted free agents this year might be the best Marvin Lewis has ever seen. Not just with the Bengals, but in his life.
"I've been as impressed with this group of undrafted players as I think I have ever been in my 22 years in the NFL, or 21 years -- whatever it's been," he said. "I think it's going to be a group that really has an opportunity where guys have legitimate shots to make the football team."
Lewis is referring to guys like linebacker Vontaze Burfict, safety Tony Dye, linebacker Emmanuel Lamur, wide receivers Kashif Moore and Justin Hilton, quarterback Tyler Hansen,
linebacker Brandon Joiner and several others. Cincinnati currently has 14 players that they signed as college free agents following the 2012 NFL draft.