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The last of the Cincinnati Bengals’ 2015 draft picks signed Thursday with the addition of first-round offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi.

Ogbuehi, who was the No. 21 overall selection this year from Texas A&M, was slotted into a contract area of four years and $9.3 million with a $5 million signing bonus, according to Cincinnati.com.

The Bengals now have signed all nine of their draft picks.

“It’s great to have all these guys in the fold well before we open training camp,” Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said. “We are looking to get a lot of help from this group to extend our string of (four) playoff appearances and then go farther. With Cedric, that help will come a little farther down the road, but this is a guy who’s worth a little wait.”

Ogbuehi is recovering from an ACL tear suffered in the Liberty Bowl at the end of last season. He is expected to be cleared to play in time for the 2015 season but not likely for the opener. He has worked out on the side during the team’s OTAs.

The 6-foot-5, 306-pound Ogbuehi was a Walter Camp first-team All-American last season who also played right tackle and guard in college.

“Ced has tremendous potential and a tremendous future,” Lewis said. “He’s just a huge man with great athleticism, big, long length and a huge wingspan. He protects the passer and he’s punishing as a run blocker. We were very, very pleased that he was there when we picked.”

The other eight Bengals draft choices who previously signed were offensive tackle Jake Fisher of Oregon (second round), tight ends Tyler Kroft of Rutgers (third) and C.J. Uzomah of Auburn (fifth), linebacker P.J. Dawson of TCU (third), cornerback Josh Shaw of Southern California (fourth), defensive tackle Marcus Hardison of Arizona State (fourth), safety Derron Smith of Fresno State (sixth) and wide receiver Mario Alford of West Virginia (seventh).


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