The Cincinnati Bengals are racking up former Oregon Ducks and NFLPA Bowl participants.
After drafting Jake Fisher and signing Troy Hill as an undrafted free agent, former Ducks strong safety Erick Dargan is also joining the Bengals after not being drafted, per Oregon Live:
Dargan has agreed to a deal with the Bengals, the Duck said in a phone interview Tuesday. He is the last of a dozen former Ducks to announce where he will attend minicamps that begin within the next week, depending on the team.
"Just the best place for me," said Dargan, adding reuniting with Hill -- a friend and training partner this offseason at Prolific Athletes near San Diego -- wasn't necessarily a factor. "After talking to them and talking to my agent and talking to the people there they seemed to like my play style. I felt this was my best opportunity to make a roster."
Dargan participated in the 2015 NFLPA Bowl, along with several other undrafted free agents who've signed with Cincinnati. He and Hill, along with Clemson defensive tackle Deshawn Williams, Azusa Pacific running back Terrell Watson and Concordia-St. Paul place kicker Tom Obarski, all played in the NFLPA game, and are now on the Bengals' roster. I credit the Cincy Jungle team we had down there for this.
As for Dargan, he led the Pac-12 in interceptions (7) and led Oregon with 95 total tackles and 61 solo tackles this past season. Most scouting services had a draftable grade on Dargan. NFL.com's Lance Zierlein called Dargan a "Round 7 or priority free agent," while also adding the following:
NFL COMPARISON: Eddie Pleasant
BOTTOM LINE: Instinctive and intelligent box safety who shows good body control and tenacity as a tackler, even though he lacks the big thump behind his pads. Dargan likely needs to run well at his pro day to in order to be a draftable safety, but he has the type of football smarts and nose for the ball that could land him a gig in the NFL whether he is drafted or not. His ability to contribute on special teams will help his cause.
CBS Sports also had a seventh-round grade on Dargan, who was their 242nd-overall prospect and No. 9 safety.