By Ryan Ratty @RyanRattyNFL on May 23, 2014
The Cincinnati Bengals lost both of their coordinators in the offseason and it will be an uphill task to get back to the playoffs. The rest of the NFC North has gotten better and the Bengals have regressed a little, as they lost their best pass rusher in Michael Johnson. The Bengals need to get immediate production from their UDFAs. Here are five UDFAs who will make the 53-man roster.
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Coming from Stanford, Ryan Hewitt is easily one of the toughest and smartest players in this draft class. In college, Hewitt was extremely versatile. He caught the ball out of the backfield. He was a goal-line back and he cleared the way for Tyler Gaffney last year. The Bengals could use a tough-nosed back like Hewitt.
Trey Hopkins was a highly-touted recruit coming out of high school. The Texas native decided to play for his instate college. While his pass-blocking ability needs work, Hopkins is a mauler and he does a great job at pulling around the line to get to the second level. Hopkins could turn out to be a starter for the Bengals going forward.
At 6-foot-3, 210 pounds, Buffalo's Alex Neutz is a big-bodied receiver who has a ton of potential. Neutz had a 33-inch vertical jump at his pro day, which shows that he is explosive and he has the ability go up and bring down passes. Being undrafted, Neutz is a low-risk, high-reward type of player who could start across from A.J. Green.
The Bengals drafted Darqueze Dennard in the first round and they also signed Dennard's roommate in Isaiah Lewis. With the ability to play free safety to strong safety, Lewis is a nice depth player who can play multiple positions if needed. Lewis has a great chance to make the 53-man roster and he could be a big contributor on special teams.
James Wilder Jr. never got a chance to show how good he is at Florida State because he had to split reps with Devonta Freeman, but he sure can play. At 6-foot-3, 230 pounds, Wilder Jr. is easily the biggest running back in the draft and he also ran a 4.65 40-yard dash at his workout. While that number isn't impressive, it's not often you find a back with his size running that speed.
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