Post-Draft Outlook: A closer look at the Bengals' picks: Round 7/228 -- Reggie Stephens, OL, 6-3, 333, Iowa State, Started 28 straight games at Iowa State. Can play either guard or center. - by The Sports Xchange
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The former Texas high school football, track and field and power-lifting star has been a stalwart for the Cyclones since stepping into the starting lineup at right guard with four games left in his redshirt freshman season.
Stephens moved over to the left guard spot for his sophomore campaign before playing both guard spots as a junior in 2008. His coaches moved him again before his senior year, asking him to play the pivot -- a move that helped the team become eligible for postseason play and win the Insight Bowl over Minnesota.
The 2008 and 2009 honorable mention All-Big 12 pick has impressed scouts with that versatility and unselfishness. Stephens may not win many foot races over 40 yards, but his relatively nimble feet at 334 pounds has also put him on NFL teams' radars as a solid late-round selection.
Positives: Durable, reliable lineman who played his best against top competition like Nebraska DT Ndamukong Suh. Could play right guard or center in a power system (not zone blocking). Once he latches on, is difficult to move or disengage from. Natural leader.
Negative: Heavy feet, struggles to move laterally in pass protection. Needs help against quicker tackles and picking up blitzes. Catches rushers, does not attack. Looks lazy at times, hard to tell whether he does not hustle or is not just unable to move.
Stephens was selected All-Big 12 Conference Honorable Mention as voted on by the Big 12 coaches. Stephens is a three-year starter and senior from Rowlett, Texas who earned honorable mention honors for the second straight season.
Honorable mention All-Big 12. Started all 12 games, seeing time at both left and right guard ... has started 28 consecutive games on the offensive line.
Started at left guard.
Started the last four games at right offensive guard ... saw action in seven games in a reserve role.
Redshirted initial collegiate season.
First-team all-district ... team finished 10-2 his senior year, runner-up in District 10-5A, losing in the second round of the Class 5A playoffs ... three-year starter ... coached by Bob Wunderlick ... lettered twice in basketball and powerlifting and three times in track and field.
Born Aug. 28, 1987 ... son of Don Jenkins and Andrea Plumlee ... majoring in business ... last name is pronounced STEVE-ens.
Draft Scout Player News
08/31/13 - C Reggie Stephens was waived by the Ravens Friday.
05/21/12 - C Reggie Stephens signed with the Bengals. Stephens (6-3, 325; Iowa State) was with the Bengals in the 2011 preseason, playing in all four games, and was waived on Sept. 4. He was signed on Oct. 26 to Chicago's practice squad, where he remained until season's end. He was signed to the Bears' offseason roster on Jan. 2 of this year and was waived by Chicago on May 15. He was a seventh-round Cincinnati draft choice in 2010 and was on the Bengals roster all that season, but did not play (inactive for Games 1-16).
01/03/12 - C/G Reggie Stephens, who ended the season on the Bears' practice squad, was signed to a reserve/futures contract for 2012.