Marquis Flowers and James Wright sign rookie deals with Cincinnati Bengals

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Marquis Flowers and James Wright become the first two draft picks to sign with the Cincinnati Bengals.

The Cincinnati Bengals have announced the signings of their first two draft picks: sixth-round outside linebacker Marquis Flowers and seventh-round wide receiver James wright.

The Bengals drafted Flowers With the 212th pick of the 2014 NFL Draft, while Wright was taken with the 239th-overall selection.

Projected as a late-round-to-undrafted free agent, Flowers was a two-year starter at linebacker who reportedly ran the 40-yard dash in the 4.4 at his Pro Day and is described as a "Kam Chancellor-type linebacker turned safety."

This past season, Flowers registered 93 tackles and 11 tackles for loss to go with one sack, a pair of fumble recoveries and an interception returned for a touchdown.

In 2012, flowers registered 100 stops and 13 TFLs to go with 5.5 sacks. He also forced three fumbles and recovered one, intercepted three passes (returned one for a TD) and broke up three passes.

He needs to have a good showing in training camp and the preseason to earn a spot on the 53-man roster. Most likely, he's battling Jayson DiManche, J.K. Schaffer and Brandon Joiner for that final linebacker roster spot.

As for Wright, who played a pivotal role on special teams in helping lead LSU to 21-14 win over Iowa in the 2014 Outback Bowl, ran a 4.43 40-yard dash during the pre-draft process.

The Valley Shook, SB Nation's LSU website, called him "never more than third or fourth options on offense", posting 25 receptions and no touchdowns during his final season.

He's going to be a great coverage man on special teams, possibly even a gunner, but he's not expected to contribute at a specific position on offense or defense.

nfl391 said it best in the comments section as far as Wright's role with Cincinnati:

They probably envision Wright as a potential Matt Slater, who has only 1 career reception in 6 years as a Patriot, but has made 3 Pro Bowls due to his effectiveness as a special teams player. He’s also been an emergency safety for the Patriots, due to his athleticism and tackling ability.

The good thing about Wright is because he doesn't have a true position, Cincinnati can easily stash him on the practice squad and call him up later in the year if injuries leave the Bengals needing more bodies on special teams.

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