The Cincinnati Bengals have seemingly had a flawless offseason thanks to much-needed free agent additions to the offensive line and a strong draft class.

So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that The Athletic feels like the Bengals may have gotten a steal with one of their undrafted free agent signings.

After the conclusion of the 2022 NFL Draft, the Bengals signed Ole Miss offensive lineman Ben Brown to an undrafted free agent deal.

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Oct 16, 2021; Knoxville, Tennessee, USA; Mississippi Rebels offensive lineman Ben Brown (55) blocking Tennessee Volunteers linebacker Jeremy Banks (33) during the second half at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bryan Lynn-USA TODAY Sports

Undrafted free agents usually don’t end up making the roster. But when it comes to Brown, The Athletic’s Dane Brugler thinks Cincinnati may have “found something”.

From The Athletic:

The Bengals might’ve found something here. Brown was a four-year starter at Ole Miss (including 10 games at center in 2020) who had a streak of 40 straight starts snapped with an arm injury last year. Great length (34 3/8-inch arms) and size (6-5, 312). Has plenty of experience at two spots as a pass protector and will work with a team that needs all the pass pro help it can handle. Could be a real find.

If Brown makes the Bengals’ 53-man roster, it’ll mean Cincinnati’s front office did a tremendous job of finding a hidden gem.

And if Brown turns out to be a key player for the Bengals in the coming years, it’ll mean someone in the Bengals’ front office deserves a raise for targeting the former Ole Miss standout after the draft — because that’s not something we typically see from undrafted free agents.

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