The Bengals Select Reid Fragel with 7th Round Pick

By Kyle Rowland on April 27, 2013 at 7:01p
Reid Fragel was once a backup tight end. Now, he's an NFL tackle.

Reid Fragel had an unconventional four seasons in Columbus, entering as a tight end and leaving as an All-Big Ten right tackle. He based the decision on his NFL future, and after being selected by Cincinnati with the 34th pick of the 7th and final round of the draft (240th overall), it appears Fragel made the right decision.

After playing 39 games at tight end during his freshman, sophomore and junior seasons, Fragel said sayonara to 14 receptions, 185 yards and a touchdown for the less glamorous position of right tackle.

He gained more than 20 pounds of muscle, playing at just over 300 pounds. Fragel started all 12 games at right tackle for the 12-0 Buckeyes and helped keep quarterback Braxton Miller upright.

Fragel, represented by Dave Lockett, was invited to the NFL Combine, where he posted respectable numbers and became an intriguing target for many general managers. He is still raw at the position, but possesses tremendous upside. Now it’s the task of the Bengals and OL coach Paul Alexander to develop Fragel into a high caliber edge-blocker.

Cincinnati coach Marvin Lewis likes what he's getting in Fragel, saying "Reid Fragel, the tackle from Ohio State is really a big, athletic player who made the transition from a couple positions offensively. He just kept growing and really was impressive strength-wise what he did at the combine. He’s got great hips, can roll his hips — just an impressive, young prospect who’s still on the come, and we really feel like he’s a great addition to the football team up front."


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lamplighter's picture

Good luck Reid on all but 2 games a year
and my Browns take a tackle from a division II school  well done Mike!

Buckeye in Illini country's picture

Talk about value. I wanted the bengals to take him in the third or fourth round. 

Columbus to Pasadena: 35 hours.  "We're on a road trip through the desert looking for strippers and cocaine... and Rose Bowl wins!"

Statutoryglory's picture

Imagine Fragel's shock when he compares the bungles facilites with OSU's.

toad1204's picture

Thank you God.

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

JozyMozy's picture

Awesome. I was pretty annoyed when they took the vanilla OT from Kansas in the 5th. Nice to see the front office come around. 

skid21's picture

I wasn't happy about the OT from Kansas but I'm very happy to see a Buckeye in the orange and black. I think he will end up surprising people

DannyBeane's picture

This is awesome! Welcome to Cincy Reid!

Jugdish's picture

I think Reid will develop into a really good tackle for the Bengals. He may even score from that position.

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DefendOhio's picture

Why do all these OSU players go to the Browns AFC North Rivals? Sigh....

NoVA Buckeye's picture

Browns haven't been picking Buckeyes since Paul Brown left. 50s Browns teams were littered with former Buckeyes (Warfield, Groza, Lavelli, Scharfeth, etc.). They should adopt Paul Brown's old methods, and then maybe we'd win games!

The offseason begins when your season ends. Even then there are no days off.

buck-I.8's picture

Yeah Brian Robiskie was amazing

NoVA Buckeye's picture

You got me there. No one could've predicted how bad he would end out. But that's all Kokinis's fault (I think)

The offseason begins when your season ends. Even then there are no days off.

harleymanjax's picture

"Because I couldn't go for 3"

Patriot4098's picture

I want to upvote this so badly! BUT alas, I cannot. Bravo, sir!

"Evil shenanigans!"     - Mac

MediBuck's picture

This kid has a bright future ahead of him. I doubt we'll hear his name next season, but in 2014, we may have a challenger for the starting RT spot in the queen city :)

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Patriot4098's picture

Fragels' pick, being so late in the draft, made my day. Not because it was late, but because he got his name called. The sigh of relief for him made it my favorite of all picks. I can't wait to watch him improve, impess and excell!

"Evil shenanigans!"     - Mac

Northbrook's picture

An absolute steal. Maybe the biggest steal of the draft.

Buckeyejason's picture

Is this serious? Got a good laugh out of it regardless. 


CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

The Bengals got a great value in Reid in the 7th round.  He's a true team player and showed he'll do whatever it takes to help the team out. 

harleymanjax's picture

According to Jaws, the Bengals had the best draft in the AFC
Kiper loves the Eifert pick!

"Because I couldn't go for 3"