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2016 NFL Draft: Cincinnati Bengals pick up Matt Johnson as an undrafted free agent

Johnson had the best deep ball as a senior and used it to throw for nearly 5,000 yards and 46 touchdowns.

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Stats show that Bowling Green's offense was so great because of their quarterback's deep ball. Unfortunately, Matt Johnson wasn't selected in the NFL Draft, but he's still going to get a shot with the Cincinnati Bengals.

In 2013, Johnson played his way to be Bowling Green's starting quarterback early in the year and ended up being the MAC Championship MVP under Dave Clawson. He missed all but 3 quarters of a game in 2014 with a hip injury, then came back to break the Mid-American Conference's single-season records in passing yards and touchdowns, en route another MAC Championship victory over Northern Illinois.

As a senior, Johnson threw 46 touchdowns to eight interceptions, racked up 4,946 yards through the air.

The Bengals went without taking a quarterback in the draft, but did pickup throwing options with Tyler Boyd (Pittsburgh) and Cody Core (Ole Miss). One of his favorite targets last year, Roger Lewis, is headed to the Giants.