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Jackson Carman had offseason back surgery; still was Bengals’ top target coming into Day 2

The Bengals get the offensive lineman they wanted with the 46th pick.

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The Cincinnati Bengals made their first selection of day two in the NFL Draft in the form of Clemson Tigers guard Jackson Carman.

According to a report, Carman had back surgery this offseason that prevented him from participating in Clemson’s Pro Day back on March 11th. However, he later had a personal workout at the Tigers’ facility with representatives from roughly 18 NFL teams.

Despite the offseason surgery, head coach Zac Taylor said that Carman was the Bengals’ top target coming into Day 2 of the draft and would have taken him at 38 if they were not able to trade back.

During his college career at Clemson, Carman protected No. 1 overall pick Trevor Lawrence’s blind side, but coach Taylor added that he is going to be competing at guard immediately but could “absolutely” play tackle at some point.

The Bengals were able to get the lineman they wanted and picks No. 122 (4th) and No. 139 (4th) from the New England Patriots.