CINCINNATI - DECEMBER 26: Bernard Scott #28 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs with the ball during the NFL game against the San Diego Chargers at Paul Brown Stadium on December 26 2010 in Cincinnati Ohio. The Bengals 34-20. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
With the owners locking out the players in a fight that should more accurately be called billionaires versus thousandaires, Bengals running back Bernard Scott is spending his offseason working out with trainers in Dallas instead of in Cincinnati, which he'd normally do during a normal offseason. In the meantime, Scott attended Abilene Christian University's Pro Day watching his cousin, wide receiver Edmund Gates, work out in front of scouts at ACU's practice field. There's no word if Scott doubled as a Bengals scout.
According to Abilene's online site, the Reporter News, Gates worked out in front of representatives from 22 teams.
Gates, who had 66 catches for 1,182 yards and 13 touchdowns last season for the Wildcats, left ACU ranked second in career receiving yards (2,885), third in receptions (158), tied for first in touchdown catches (27) and fourth in scoring (194 points).
According to ESPN's DraftTracker, Gates is listed as the 13th best prospect at wide receiver graded with average separation skills, ball skills, toughness and competitiveness and production. He's graded with exceptional big-play ability:
Is at his best with the ball in his hands in space. Can take a quick-hitter the distance. Shows very good initial burst, can accelerate out of his breaks and he displays a big-time second-gear. Needs more work as a vertical route runner and with tracking the ball, but he has the burst and top-end speed to stretch the field.
On the other hand, his intangibles are considered weak:
Over-aged prospect. Character baggage needs to be closely monitored. Comes from a tough upbringing. Wants to do the right but needs guidance and structure. When Edmund was six years old his father, Edward, began what would be an 18-year prison sentence for murder. Edmund was kicked off the Tyler JUCO basketball team before transferring to Abilene Christian to play football. He says 'I was out of shape' and that 'family issues' also affected his play in 2010.
Bernard Scott, a highly productive running back at Abilene Christian University, was the second of two sixth round picks by the Bengals during the 2009 NFL Draft. During the Bob Bratkowski era (from 2009-10), the Bengals offense never really utilized Scott in the passing game -- something we had hoped to have seen by now. The general hope is that the team's new offensive coordinator, Jay Gruden, will feature more Scott.