Bengals sign top picks Williams and Sample

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CINCINNATI, Ohio –  The Bengals on Thursday signed their first-round selection (11th overall),  OT Jonah Williams of the University of Alabama and TE Drew Sample of the University of Washington, the team’s second-round selection (52nd overall).

            Williams (6-5, 302) started all 44 possible games in his college career and helped Alabama to appearances in the CFB National Championship Game in each of his three seasons with the program, including a national title in the 2017 season. Last season, he earned unanimous first-team All-American honors and was the recipient of the SEC’s Jacobs Blocking Trophy, given annually to the conference’s top offensive lineman.

            Sample (6-5, 255) spent five seasons (2014-18) at Washington, with a redshirt year in ’14, and caught 46 career passes for 487 yards and five TDs. As a senior last season, he caught 25 passes for 252 yards and three TDs.

            Of the Bengals’ ten draft picks, just two remain unsigned LB Germaine Pratt (third round; North Carolina State) and QB Ryan Finley (fourth round; North Carolina State).

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