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Jessie Bates among 3 Bengals draft picks to sign rookie contracts

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The Bengals have now signed seven of their 2018 NFL Draft picks.

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The Cincinnati Bengals have signed three more draft picks, including second-round safety Jessie Bates, fourth-round running back Mark Walton and fifth-round cornerback Darius Phillips.

In two years (2016-17) of action at Wake Forest, Bates (6-1, 200) totaled 179 tackles, including 9.5 for losses, with six interceptions, nine pass breakups and two forced fumbles. He also served as a punt returner for the Demon Deacons, averaging 9.0 yards on 26 career returns with one score.

Walton (5-10, 202) played three seasons (2015-17) at Miami, and in 30 career games, he totaled 2930 total yards and 28 touchdowns— 26 rushing and two receiving. Although an injury limited his 2017 campaign to just four games, he still managed 428 rushing yards on 56 carries (7.6) and three rushing scores.

Phillips (5-10, 193) was a three-time all-conference selection on defense in four seasons (2014-17) of action at Western Michigan, but he perhaps was best known for his impact on special teams. He finished his career ranked sixth in FBS history in kickoff return yards (3,145) and had four career kickoff returns of at least 100 yards. He scored 14 career touchdowns in five different ways — five kickoff return, one punt return, five interceptions, one fumble recovery and two receiving.

On Friday, the Bengals signed quarterback Logan Woodside, offensive lineman Rod Taylor, cornerback Davontae Harris and defensive lineman Andrew Brown. Of the Bengals’ 11 draft picks, just four remained unsigned, including center Billy Price, defensive end Sam Hubbard, linebacker Malik Jefferson and wide receiver Auden Tate.