Dustin Stanton has signed a free agent deal with the Cincinnati Bengals after going undrafted in the 2017 NFL draft.
Signed with the Cincinnati Bengals as a free agent. I'm about to work even harder than ever.— Dustin Stanton (@Dustin__Stanton) April 29, 2017
Stanton is a dependable, versatile, intelligent and athletic offensive lineman. He earned Pac-12 All-Academic First Team honors three times and All-Academic Honorable Mention once during his time as a Beaver. Stanton first came to Oregon State in 2012 as a tight end after playing that position (along with linebacker) in High School up in Washington. Stanton used his redshirt that year and played tight end on the scout team. He then began the 2013 season listed as a tight end, but the coaching staff moved him to the offensive line to compensate for injuries within that position group. Stanton played in each of the Beavs 13 games in 2013 with most of that time coming from special teams.
In 2014, Stanton got his first start at right tackle at Stanford when regular starter Gavin Andrews was dealing with an ankle injury. He retained that spot for the final six games of the year. For the 2015 season, Stanton was one of the few consistent parts of the Beaver offense starting all 12 games. Each of those starts again came at the right tackle spot.
For his senior campaign in 2016, Stanton was chosen as one of the Beavers’ team captains. He again started each of OSU’s 12 games, with three at right tackle and nine at the right guard spot. Stanton and OSU’s offensive line (and a guy named Ryan Nall) led the offense to a program record 5.2 yards per carry in 2016.
In addition to participating in the Beavers pro day, Stanton participated in the Seattle regional combine back in March. His performance there was enough to earn workouts with the Saints, Seahawks, and Bengals. Stanton’s agent has also indicated that the Jets, Texans, Titans, and Bears have also shown interest. (per Oregon Live) Read more about Dustin Stanton and his testing results here.
The Bengals are getting a hardworking offensive lineman that excels as a blocker in the run game. Stanton is athletic and is great at picking up blocks on the move when he pulls or sweeps. He must improve as a pass-blocker, but Stanton has a good chance at sticking at the NFL level once he shows his coaches what he can do.