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Former NAIA safety Clayton Fejedelem rounds out Bengals' draft picks

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With the 245th pick in the 2016 NFL draft Saturday, the Cincinnati Bengals wrapped up their efforts by adding some back-end depth to their defense.

My take: Clayton Fejedelem's name isn't the only thing that's unique about him. While the safety's college career ended at Illinois, it began at NAIA school St. Xavier. It's a rare rise from a little-known school to the NFL. In Fejedelem, the Bengals picked up a player who likely will spend any playing time he receives this fall on special teams. That said, he'll be given every chance to make the roster in the mold of Derron Smith, the 2015 sixth-round safety who came off the special-teams squads as a rookie to fill in on occasion on defense. Fejedelem doesn't come to the Bengals quite as highly decorated as Smith, though.

Tackle machine: Fejedelem was best-known at Illinois for his ability to get to ball carriers, compiling a team-best 140 tackles his senior season, the most for an Illini player since 2006. He also had seven games last season with 10 or more tackles. That tackling prowess is one reason why he would be a perfect special-teams fit.