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Cincinnati Bengals sign The Citadel's Noah Dawkins as NFL rookie free agent

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Citadel linebacker Noah Dawkins has signed as an undrafted free agent with the Cincinnati Bengals. 

Citadel linebacker Noah Dawkins got two invitations to try out at NFL rookie mini-camps in the last two weeks.

The second one paid off, as the Cincinnati Bengals announced Saturday that they had signed Dawkins as a undrafted free agent.

The Bengals also signed Temple wide receiver Ventell Bryant and Maine linebacker Sterling Sheffield, according to reports.

Dawkins, 6-0 and 226 pounds, participated in the Seattle Seahawks' rookie mini-camp two weeks ago.

Dawkins had 66 tackles and 13½ tackles for loss for The Citadel as a senior and led the team with 5½ sacks. The All-Southern Conference pick also intercepted two passes and led the team in sacks for three straight seasons.

At The Citadel's pro day, Dawkins ran the 40-yard dash in 4.41 seconds despite tweaking his hamstring during the sprint. He had reportedly run a 4.37 the week before The Citadel's pro day and made ESPN analyst Mel Kiper's "big board" of 300 draft prospects before the NFL draft.

Reach Jeff Hartsell at 843-937-5596. Follow on Twitter @Jeff_fromthePC

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