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A Quick Look At Bengals UDFA Wide Receiver Roy Roundtree

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The Cincinnati Bengals reportedly reached an agreement with Michigan WR Roy Roundtree after the NFL Draft. We take a quick look.

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For those of you that are unaware, the Michigan receiver that scored the game-winning touchdown against Notre Dame in 2011 with two seconds remaining was Roy Roundtree.

Roundtree, named to the Biletnikoff Award preseason watch list (best college receiver) in 2011, generated 154 career receptions for 2,304 yards receiving and 15 touchdowns, including a career-high in receptions (72), yards receiving (935) and touchdowns (7) in 2010. As a fifth-year senior last season, Roundtree received All-Big Ten honorable mention.

Several NFL teams were showing varying degrees of interest during the predraft process, from the Denver Broncos, Carolina Panthers, San Diego Chargers, and the Baltimore Ravens. He even received a text from Ravens head coach John Harbaugh.

"He said they got out of the film room and they liked what they saw and he’s going to keep in contact with me," Roundtree said. "It was pretty cool."

Eventually Roundtree signed with the Cincinnati Bengals following the 2013 NFL draft after not having his name called over the weekend. Which works for Roundtree, having gone to Trotwood-Madison High School near Dayton, Ohio. He's enthusiastic about coming home. writes:

Quicker-than-fast slot receiver. Can cut sharply to find holes in zone coverage over the middle. Tough receiver who will go up for passes in traffic and take a hit. Uses feet and hands to swim past linebackers to get into his route off the line. Also uses head fake, lean, and swim move down the seam to get inside position. Flashes agility to turn upfield very quickly after the catch. Very willing as a run blocker, attacks his man, gets the angle and gives great effort to sustain.

Roundtree faces a crowded situation at wide receiver, led by A.J. Green, Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones. Depending on whom you talk to, Andrew Hawkins figures to be a lock, leaving at least seven receivers for two spots, including sixth-rounder Cobi Hamilton, out of Arkansas, and recently re-signed free agent Brandon Tate, who currently holds the all-time mark in average yards per punt return (10.1).