BERKELEY CA - NOVEMBER 13: Darron Thomas #1 of the Oregon Ducks tries to jumps over Chris Conte #17 of the California Golden Bears at California Memorial Stadium on November 13 2010 in Berkeley California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
During South Florida's Pro Day on Thursday, the Bengals momentarily spoke with Mistral Raymond after the safety completed his workout. It doesn't mean that the team is drafting him, nor is it convincing enough to proclaim that Raymond is high on the team's board. But it does point out the obvious point that the Bengals are needing safeties during the offseason. And since free agency is dead in the water with the league's labor dispute, they have to address the position during this year's NFL Draft.
According to Aaron Wilson, the Bengals have scheduled a workout with Cal safety Chris Conte. Other teams that have scheduled workouts with the safety include the Seattle Seahawks, Philadelphia Eagles and the San Diego Chargers.
ESPN's DraftTracker ranks Conte as the 19th best safety prospect in the draft this year with average durability and intangible grades. His production, size and speed were graded below average.
Fills hard and closes quickly when reads run. Flashes the ability to get off blocks downfield and slip offensive linemen when lines up close to the line of scrimmage. Effective wrap-up tackler when he goes low. Can wrap too high and concerned about ability to bring down bigger backs at the next level. Gathers too much before making contact and does not appear to be a big hitter despite size.