With the 166th and 167th overall selections in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Cincinnati Bengals selected … Marvin Jones, wide receiver from California and George Iloka, safety from Boise State.
Jones, at 6-foot-1, 199 pounds is touted as a good possession receiver who is able to get off the line and get open downfield. A three-year starter at California, Jones has amassed 155 receptions for 2,262 yards and 13 touchdowns since the start of the 2009 season. He had fewer than three receptions in just two games this season and had eight catches for 88 yards in a Holiday Bowl loss to Texas in December. I don’t like his chances to make the tail end of the roster over Ryan Whalen and Andrew Hawkins, but he could be a practice squad player this season and project for future years.
Iloka, like Orson Charles, was on the Bengals Gab radar at the end of Round 3. A prototypical NFL free safety at 6-foot-4, 225 pounds, Iloka piled up 57 tackles a year ago and had more than 45 tackles in each season at Boise State. A four-year contributor on the Broncos defense, he had seven career interceptions though none came in his senior campaign. Iloka could step in instantly as a backup to Reggie Nelson at the free safety position, lining up next to Taylor Mays or 2011 draft pick Robert Sands at strong safety.
Cincinnati will have one sixth-round pick, likely its last pick in the draft. Stay with Bengals Gab (Twitter: @BengalsGab) for continued updates.
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