Of the Bengals nine draft picks, eight of them are actively on social media and the ninth, Josh Shaw, had a fake Twitter created in his name, which has now been deactivated. It took ESPN and NFL Network sharing Tweets from the fake account (they had been fooled into believing it was really Shaw) before the account was disabled about two weeks after the draft, and months after the account had been initiated.
Here, we take a look at the Bengals eight rookie draft picks who do have social media accounts, to see how they reacted to becoming Bengals and get an inside glimpse into their lives. We already looked into Cedric Ogbuehi's off-the-field life, so here we continue on with the second through seventh round Bengals draft picks (save for Josh Shaw).
Jake Fisher responds to being the Bengals second round draft pick.
Tyler Kroft's family immediately got into the Bengals spirit after he got the phone call saying he would be joining the Bengals and his former teammate and friend, Mohamed Sanu.
Paul Dawson said on Instagram, "Everything is happening the way I vision, & im thankful for it all."
Marcus Hardison shared this on Instagram after being selected in the fourth round by the Bengals.
I couldn't be more happy to be a Bengal!!! #SURREAL— CJ Uzomah (@cjuzomah81) May 2, 2015
C.J. Uzomah was happy to hear his name called by the Bengals in the fifth round of the draft.
He added, "Greatest football day of my life thus far."
Derron Smith (@D_SmithFS) May 1, 2015
Prior to being selected in the draft, Derron Smith sent out this Tweet on Friday night asking for no phone calls (from friends and family) until he was selected.
The call he was waiting for came from the Bengals on Saturday afternoon, when they selected the Fresno State safety in the sixth round.
This photo, taken on April 28, shows Bengals seventh round draft pick, Mario Alford in a Bengals shirt attending a Flywheel spin class. It seems he may have had a feeling that he'd land in Cincinnati.
Thanks to Mr Brown for drafting me and Coach Lewis, Jackson, Urban, Simmons for believing in me. Proud to be with the @bengals.— Mario Alford (@mario_alford) May 10, 2015
When he got the call on Saturday in the late afternoon, Alford sent out this appreciative tweet.
He also added a shout out on Instagram to those who helped him, "down rough roads to get here."
Beyond their draft picks...
It's interesting to see how the Bengals rookies all come from very different backgrounds.
For example, Fisher loves to hunt.
And have some fun in the outdoors with guns.
Alford seems to spend his free time with his young son.
Though, not too different from Fisher, he also is a fan of hunting, by means of fishing.
Kroft is certainly a family man.
He also has a humorous side, though I'm not sure exactly what this photo is.
Like Alford, Dawson is a father, too.
He calls his daughter his #1 fan.
Marcus Hardison knows how to take a pretty good food picture. Who wants to dig into that?
He's clearly into surf and turf.
Uzomah is definitely passionate about his Auburn days.
And this photo he shared of himself, maybe a decade ago, sleeping with a football, is a quality throwback post.
Derron Smith seems like a great guy, who cares a lot about his family and friends.
He's also already getting well-adjusted to life in Cincy.