According to NFP's Aaron Wilson, Colorado cornerback Jimmy Smith has previously worked out with the Benglas.
Smith, an All-Big 12 selection, stands at 6-2 and weighs 211 pounds, which makes him the largest cornerback (at least in height) in this year's draft class. He also ran the 40-yard dash in 4.46 seconds during the NFL combine. Wilson says that what intrigues teams about Smith is his combination of size and speed as they look for the next shutdown cornerback.
Smith, at least, thinks he's a shutdown corner.
"I'm a big, athletic, physical corner, I love to press, I have great speed, great size, great ball skills," Smith said. "I'm a shutdown corner.''
"Sometimes they avoided me in the pass game, sometimes it got a little boring," Smith said. "I had one opportunity for an interception, a one-handed interception, I dropped it.
"After that I had like three passes thrown my way for the rest of the season. I definitely take that as a compliment. I mean, they didn't throw my way ever. They respected me.''
Smith is ranked as the third quarterback on ESPN Draft Tracker right behind LSU's Patrick Peterson and Nebraska's Prince Amukamara. Mel Kiper, for one, is impressed.
"If Jimmy Smith's there,you're getting a top 10 to 15 talent," ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper said. "Let's put it that way, in the later portion of round one. "He's a kid with great physical ability. They wanted to see what his workout numbers would be and certainly verified that."
The Bengals are on the verge of losing one of their cornerbacks, Johnathan Joseph, to free agency and their other two corners, Leon Hall and Adam Jones, are both free agents after the 2011 season, so to say that the Bengals aren't in need of a new cornerback would be crazy.
It's doubtful that Smith would fall out of the first round to the Bengals in the second, and it's even more doubtful that they'd have the luxury of selecting him in the second, especially if they haven't drafted a quarterback yet, but if they trade their first round pick, and find themselves with multiple second-round picks, Smith may find himself in stripes. It's improbable, sure, but not impossible.