Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett enjoyed his two-day visit with the Bengals in Cincinnati; a destination he could call home if he's on the board when the Bengals select in the second round. The Bengals have also shown interest in five other quarterbacks, including Auburn's Cam Newton, Missouri's Blaine Gabbert, Florida State's Christian Ponder, TCU's Andy Dalton and Idaho's Nathan Enderle, who we suspect to be a prime seventh-round candidate to compete for the team's third-string position, eventually grooming into the backup quarterback -- sorry Dan LeFevour fans.
Another quarterback that hasn't been mentioned much is Alabama's Greg McElroy. Due to a hand injury, McElroy sat out during Alabama's Pro Day on March 9. Instead, the quarterback, along with tight end Preston Dial, who also missed the Pro Day due to injury, will hold a workout for scouts in Alabama on Tuesday.
The Bengals are expected to attend.
According to ESPN's DraftTracker, McElroy is rated as the 12th best quarterback prospect coming out for this year's draft, graded with exceptional leadership and toughness. His intelligence, decision-making, accuracy are above average with average pocket mobility. His release and arm strength are below average.
Has a very quick, compact release. However, he shows below average arm strength. Can get adequate zip on intermediate throws. Deep out route velocity is only adequate. Deep ball tends to sail. Does not shows the arm strength to drive the ball vertically in the NFL, especially in windy conditions.