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Token Buckeye likely completes Bengals’ draft

With the 191st overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Cincinnati Bengals selected … Dan “Boom” Herron, running back from Ohio State.

The team achieved balance — five defensive and five offensive players — in this draft when it made Herron its sixth-round selection. Herron is the type of back the Bengals were lacking on the roster: one who can carry 20 times a game between the tackles. He’s also fits the mold of local product the Bengals tend to take in the latter rounds.

Herron’s stock dropped when he was suspended for selling awards earned during his career at Ohio State. When he played, however, he was effective, averaging better than 4.8 yards per carry (593 attempts for 2,872 yards) in his Ohio State career. In 2010, his last full season, Herron lugged the ball 216 times for 1,155 yards and 16 scores. Herron found the end zone 32 times in four years with the Buckeyes.

The Bengals have no seventh-round selection this year. Their pick was traded to the Jaguars as the conditional pick in the Reggie Nelson for David Jones swap.

Bengals Gab will have more on each of the Bengals selections in the coming days. In the meantime, let us know on Facebook or Twitter how you think the team did in its draft.

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