Cincinnati Bengals sign 2016 Drake HS grad Cordell Volson to rookie contract


June 14, 2022 3:30 pm

By Tom Mix
NDHSAA Media Specialist

VALLEY CITY, N.D. – Cordell Volson signed a professional football contract on Tuesday, June 14.

Volson, a 2016 Drake High School graduate and former All-American standout offensive lineman at North Dakota State, signed his rookie contract with the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League (NFL) at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati making him the latest former North Dakota prep football standout to join the NFL.

Volson (6-foot-6, 315 pounds) was drafted by the Bengals, who are defending American Football Conference (AFC) Champions, during the fourth round (136th overall) of the 2022 NFL Draft held in Las Vegas on April 30. Volson watched the draft with family and friends in his hometown of Balfour, N.D.

Following NDSU’s Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) National Championship win in January, Volson announced that he was invited to participate in the NFL Scouting Combine in March. Volson was touted as a quality offensive line prospect.

Volson joins a successful Bengals squad who made it all the way to the Super Bowl last season before losing to the Los Angeles Rams. Volson will now be tasked with protecting Bengals star quarterback Joe Burrow. Volson was the last of Cincinnati’s 2022 draft picks to sign. 

Prior to his collegiate career at NDSU, Volson was a standout lineman playing 9-man football for Drake/Anamoose earning NDHSCA All-State First Team honors in 2015 (senior season) as a defensive lineman. 

At NDSU, Volson played in a school record 65 career games including 41 consecutive starts over his last three seasons with the team. He was part of four FCS National Championship teams with the Bison and a member of five NDSU squads that won Missouri Football Conference championships. Twice, Volson was named to the Associated Press FCS All-America First Team. 

Volson joins Carson Wentz (Washington Commanders; 2011 Bismarck Century graduate) and Connor McGovern (New York Jets, 2011 Fargo Shanley graduate) as active NFL players who played high school football in North Dakota.  

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