With seven of the Bengals’ 10 draft picks being offensive players, Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden had plenty of evaluating to do over the weekend during the rookie minicamp. After five practices, he was pleased with what he saw.

Now comes the next part – working them in with the veterans.

While most of the attention was paid to first-round pick Tyler Eifert and second-round selection Giovani Bernard, the other offensive picks were able to show some things that could put them in the mix for competition when training camp starts July 24.

Gruden certainly didn’t ease his picks into the flow of things. Starting with the first practice, he lined up tight end Eifert all over the field and also had a steady amount of screen passes for running back Bernard.

“I’ve been impressed with how they are studying and working hard. When they mess up, you can tell it hurts them and they don’t want to do it again,” Gruden said. “Those two guys are focused on what they can bring to the team and they are going to be very good players.”

The biggest reasons why the Bengals took Eifert were his natural ball skills and his ability to catch the ball in traffic. Coach Marvin Lewis said he was happy with the other things Eifert did, like run blocking. How he does in practice against the likes of Robert Geathers or Michael Johnson remains to be seen, but so far, so good.