Bodine is only the third player in Bengals history obtained by trading up in the draft, and in 2014 he started every game, including Wild Card playoff ... Among Bengals rookies not drafted in first round, he became first since G Eric Steinbach in 2003 to hold down starting spot for full season ... Steinbach was second-rounder, Bodine only fourth ... Bengals traded to move up 12 spots in fourth round ... Despite being mid-draft selection, Bodine was tagged by coaches as likely starter from early days of minicamps ... Has the size and strength to successfully battle top DTs ... Helped 2014 Bengals rank third in the NFL in fewest sacks allowed (23), third in least sack yardage allowed (130) and sixth in rushing yards (134.2 per game) ... Entered draft after junior season at North Carolina.
Career transactions: Selected by Cincinnati in fourth round of 2014 NFL Draft (111th overall) ... Signed with Bengals on 5-23-14.
2014 highlights: Part of protection that allowed no sacks through Games 1-3 for first time in franchise history ... Helped pave way for 170 rushing yards Sept. 14 vs. Atlanta ... Supported protection on Sept. 21 vs. Tennessee which allowed no sacks of Andy Dalton for third consecutive game ... Helped power the way for three one-yard TD runs in goal line situations on Oct. 26 vs. Baltimore, including game winning TD by Andy Dalton on fourth-and-one play late in the fourth quarter ... Helped lead the way for 423 yards on Nov. 2 vs. Jacksonville, including 191 rushing yards ... On Nov. 16 at New Orleans, supported pass protection allowing only one sack for one yard as Dalton posted career-best 143.9 passer rating, and helped pave way for 186 rushing yards ... On Dec. 7 vs. Pittsburgh, supported protection of Dalton 128.8 passer rating, while offense totaled 408 yards ... Helped power offense to 244 rushing yards on Dec. 14 at Cleveland, the highest rushing yardage total for the Bengals since Nov. 28, 2004 vs. Cleveland (253 yards) ... Had key block on Jeremy Hill 16-yard TD run at Cleveland ... On Dec. 22 vs. Denver, supported protection which allowed no sacks, and helped power offense to 207 rushing yards, marking first time Bengals had rushed for 200 yards in consecutive games since Weeks 10-12 of 2003, when they did it in three consecutive games.
He’s No. 3: The Bengals selected Bodine with the No. 111 selection in the 2014 draft, trading Nos. 123 and 199 to Seattle to move up 12 spots in the fourth round. Only twice previously had the Bengals traded up. In 1995, Cincinnati selected HB Ki-Jana Carter with the No. 1 pick after trading Nos. 5 and 36 to Carolina. In 2002, the Bengals took TE Matt Schobel with No. 67 (third round) after trading Nos. 73 and 145 to Carolina.
College: Played three seasons (2011-13) at North Carolina, with redshirt year in 2010 ... Played 34 games with 27 starts ... Started at C his last two seasons after primarily playing guard as a freshman ... Credited by coaches with 23 TD-resulting blocks ... Started all 13 games at C in 2013 as a junior and earned All-Atlantic Coast conference honorable mention from league coaches ... Credited with 10 or more knockdown blocks in five games in ’13 ... A sophomore starter in 2012, helped Tar Heels to 8-4 season and school records for points (487) and points per game (40.8) ... The 2012 team ranked second in ACC in offense (5827), a 485.6-yard average per game. Played in nine games in 2011 as redshirt freshman, with two starts at C as injury replacement ... Redshirt season in 2010.
Personal: Hometown is Scottsville, Va. ... Attended Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy, where he played G, C and DT ... Twice named all-state in the highest of the three private school divisions ... Also lettered in track, and won indoor state shot put championship as a senior with a throw of 49 feet, 3.25 inches ... Majored at North Carolina in Communication Studies ... Last name is pronounced “BO-dine.”
From virtually the minute last season ended Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson has been urging quarterback Andy Dalton to expand his role and on Tuesday as he watched Dalton prepare for the first voluntary practice of the spring he didn’t have to say a word. Literally.
This is why the Bengals signed veteran linebacker A.J. Hawk in free agency and why they drafted Texas Christian linebacker P.J. Dawson in the third round. Defensive coordinator Paul Guenther wants to be deep in practice as well as games.