The Cincinnati Bengals have agreed to terms with UTEP fullback/h-back Darrin Laufasa as an undrafted free agent.
The 6'1", 250-pound Laufasa started all 12 contests at the fullback position for the Miners in 2016. He recorded 17 yards on three receptions while adding a two-point conversion and eight rushing yards. He was exclusively used as a blocker that helped pave the way for Aaron Jones to rush for a single-season program-record 1,773 yards, while Jones also became UTEP’s all-time leading rusher.,
With Laufasa lead-blocking from the backfield, the Miners averaged 185.5 rushing yards per game and scored 20 touchdowns on the ground. He wasn't given a draftable grade by any of the major services, but that's pretty common for any fullback.
The Bengals have relied on Ryan Hewitt as their primary fullback/h-back/backup tight end for three years now, so perhaps they wanted a little competition for him in the form of Laufasa.