Bengals shore up roster, sign 2 more draftees

CINCINNATI -- The Cincinnati Bengals shored up their roster with two more additions from the 2014 NFL draft.

The team said Tuesday that halfback Jeremy Hill, (picked in the second round, from Louisiana State University,) and defensive end Will Clarke, (picked in the third round, from West Virginia University.)

The Bengals said Hill had two great seasons at LSU, setting a school career record for yards-per-rush at 6.25. Hill had six rushes of 50 or more yards as a senior, as well.

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The 233-pound Hill is the biggest running back the Bengals have drafted above the sixth round since 1977 when the team picked 248-pound Pete Johnson in the second round.

The team said Clarke was successful as a defensive end and defensive tackle during his career at West Virginia.

Clarke switched from weak-side DE to strong-side DT as a senior and posted career-best totals for sacks (6.0) and tackles-for-loss (17.0.)

The Bengals said Clarke is the only player in WVU history to win three “Iron Mountaineer” awards for his work in the weight room.

The team has signed seven of its eight draft selections so far including: center Russell Bodine (fourth round, North Carolina), quarterback AJ McCarron (fifth round, Alabama), linebacker Marquis Flowers (sixth round, Arizona), wide receiver James Wright (seventh round, LSU) and cornerback Lavelle Westbrooks (seventh round, Georgia Southern).

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