Reid Fragel is a Bengal.
A whopping five offensive tackles were taken within the first 19 picks of the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday. However, then a total of only three were selected during rounds 2-3 on Friday, and only one was taken in the fourth round on Saturday.
It was a much-longer wait than expected for Ohio State OT Reid Fragel, who finally heard his name called on Saturday in the seventh round when the Cincinnati Bengals took him with the No. 240 overall pick of the proceedings.
The 6-foot-8, 308-pound Fragel played his first three seasons for the Buckeyes at tight end, but moved to right tackle as a senior in 2012 where he excelled. It was believed he would go in the fourth round, but his lack of experience obviously ended up hurting him a bit. Still, the bottom line is that he turned himself into an NFL draft pick and has an outside chance of making the Bengals’ active roster as a rookie. At the very worst, he’ll be a practice squad member.
Fragel is from Grosse Pointe, Mich., meaning two of the three Buckeyes off the board in the 2013 draft are from “that state up north.” Defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins – taken in the second round (No. 49 overall) by the New York Giants – hails from Dearborn Heights, Mich.
The other OSU player selected was DE/OLB John Simon, who went in the fourth round (No. 129 overall) to the Baltimore Ravens.
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