The Cincinnati Bengals Have Worked Out University of Cincinnati WR Vidal Hazelton

According to NFP's Aaron Wilson, the Cincinnati Bengals have worked out University of Cincinnati Bearcat wide receiver  Vidal Hazelton.

Hazelton transferred to UC from USC before the 2009 season but, because of the NCAA's rules for transferring players, was ineligible to play until the beginning of the 2010 season. Bearcat fans, including myself, were excited to see Hazelton in action when the last season started, but unfortunately Hazelton tore his ACL during a kickoff return during the Bearcats opening game against Fresno State after posting six catches for 63 yards, his only yards as a Bearcat. He sat out for the rest of the year. He decided against petitioning the NCAA for another year of eligibility and take his chances in the draft.

According to Wilson, Hazelton, 6-2 and 218 pounds, ran the 40-yard dash in 4.57 seconds, registered 10-1 on the broad jump, a 33 1/2 inch vertical leap and did 18 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press.

According to ESPN Draft Scout, Hazelton is the 65th best wide receiver in this year's draft class. He likely wouldn't be selected until the final rounds of the draft, if he's selected at all. Only playing in one game throughout his final college season will definitely hurt him.

The wide receiver position is definitely one of need for the Bengals. Most believe that Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens both won't be on the roster when the 2011 season finally starts, and that would leave Andre Caldwell as the most experienced wide receiver on the Bengals roster. It's widely believed that the Bengals will select A.J. Green in the first round, but they still may want to pick up a wide receiver in the later rounds to add some depth at the position.

The draft is only a little over a week away, so we shall see soon.

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