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Bengals sign Jackson Carman

Carman is set to compete for a starting guard spot in his rookie year.

College Football Playoff National Championship - Clemson v LSU Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images

The Cincinnati Bengals have officially signed rookie offensive lineman Jackson Carman, their second-round 2021 NFL Draft pick. They are also listing him as a guard, where he’s expected to compete for a starting spot as a rookie this upcoming season.

Carman, weighing in at 6-5 and 322 pounds, spent the last three seasons (2018-20) with the Clemson Tigers. He played in 40 career games (27 starts), and in each of his three seasons helped Clemson to ACC titles and berths in the College Football Playoff.

Carman is a native of Fairfield (OH) who played at Fairfield High School, which is just outside of Cincinnati. He played offensive tackle in college at Clemson, and while he could eventually move there in the pros, the Bengals feel he’ll make a bigger impact in Year 1 competing for a starting guard spot, while Jonah Williams and Riley Reiff lock down the tackle spots.

Of the team’s 10 total draft picks, just two remain unsigned — LSU wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase (first round) and Texas defensive end Joseph Ossai (third round).