Bengals gamble on USC cornerback Shaw after troubles
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Bengals picked troubled Southern California defensive back Josh Shaw with their first pick of the fourth round on Saturday.
Shaw was suspended by the Trojans for 10 games early in the 2014 season after he suffered ankle injuries by jumping from a second-story balcony while evading police. He then claimed that he was hurt while trying to save a drowning nephew.
The 6-foot, 201-pound Shaw was the 21st pick in the fourth round, 120th overall. Shaw mostly played cornerback at USC but he started three games at free safety in 2013.
Following the Shaw pick, the Bengals chose Arizona State defensive end Marcus Hardison with their second pick of the fourth round. They took their second tight end of the draft in the fifth round, Auburn’s C.J. Uzomah.
The 6-foot-3, 307-pound Hardison is expected to move to defensive tackle and improve a pass rush that was last in the NFL in sacks in 2014.
The 6-5, 264-pound Uzomah caught 22 passes over the past two seasons for the Tigers.
Cincinnati picked offensive tackles Cedric Ogbuehi (Texas A&M) and Jake Fisher (Oregon) with its first two picks before taking Rutgers tight end Tyler Kroft and Texas Christian inside linebacker Paul Dawson in the first three rounds on Thursday and Friday.