If Sample sounds a bit like a coach, he’s done some of that, too. A two-time captain, Sample put together off-season workouts when the position coach left. He also prepped before deciding to play last year during the pandemic. It helps his father works in contract management for the Centers for Disease Control.
“It was new to him, too, so we were asking all the questions and he was trying to give me all the insight he had. I was leaning on him for all that stuff,” said Sample, who decided it was OK to play. “We talked about it briefly. We felt like with the protocol Tulane had in place with everyone getting tested, we saw how they were progressing going toward the season and I wanted to play my final year.”
Sample is a good representation of what the Bengals poured into this draft and what they want to get out of it. He’s one of seven offensive and defensive linemen, one of four defensive linemen and one of three edges that they drafted with their last nine picks.
Sample, third-rounder Joseph Ossai and seventh-rounder Wyatt Hubert are all college ends who have some common threads. They moved around on their college fronts, but they set the edge against the run, something the Bengals have failed to do while allowing the most rushing yards in the league since 2018.
All three also play with a relentless style that…