Bengals Sign 3 Draft Picks, Including Second-Round S Jessie Bates

The Cincinnati Bengals announced that they have signed three draft picks on Saturday, including second-round S Jessie Bates, fourth-round RB Mark Walton, and fifth-round CB Darius Phillips.

The Bengals now have seven of their 11 draft picks under contract.

Rd Pick Player Pos. Status
1 21 Billy Price C
2 54 Jessie Bates S Signed
3 77 Sam Hubbard DE
3 78 Malik Jefferson LB
4 112 Mark Walton RB Signed
5 151 Davontae Harris CB Signed
5 158 Andrew Brown DE Signed
5 170 Darius Phillips CB Signed
7 249 Logan Woodside QB Signed
7 252 Rod Taylor G Signed
7 253 Auden Tate WR

Bates, 21, was drafted with the No. 54 overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft. According to, he is set to earn a four-year rookie contract worth $4,947,818 including a signing bonus of $1,678,412.

During his three-year college career at Wake Forest, Bates recorded 177 total tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, six interceptions, scored two defensive touchdowns, 10 pass defenses, and two forced fumbles.



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