According to a Tweet from Elvis Fisher, an offensive lineman from the University of Missouri, the Bengals are going to host former Mizzou center Tim Barnes for a workout. This was confirmed by Barnes' family by Eric Blumberg, a sports journalist at KOMU8-TV, which covers University of Missouri and Mid-Missouri athletics.
Barnes was signed by the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent but was released during final cuts and cleared waivers. There's not a ton of information available on Barnes' college career other than he played four years and was the center for an offensive line that helped Blaine Gabbert lead the team to a 10-3 season.
The Bengals have one open roster spot after tight end Mickey Shuler failed his physical and the team will look to find a player for the active roster within the next 24 hours.
Click the jump to see what SB Nation's Mocking the Draft had to say about Barnes.
Agility: While at Missouri, Barnes was asked to pull, and get to the second level quite often. He has no trouble using his quickness and good feet to do these things.
Movement: As mentioned in the agility section, Barnes has a great tool in his ability to move his feet and get where he is going quickly.
Pass Blocking: When in pass protection, he has a solid base and shows the ability to anchor. He is very good at absorbing contact, but can be overpowered into the backfield by stronger competition. Needs to do a better job of sitting into his stance.
Run Blocking: Unlike his pass blocking, Barnes sits into his stance and fires out when run blocking. He makes good contact after the snap and gets in a solid punch on the defender. He needs to work on staying low and using leverage when driving his opponent. He has no problem staying engaged with the defender, even if he is getting driven back.
Strength: I was impressed with Barnes' upper body strength on film. He would usher defenders around with one arm with ease. He needs to work on his anchor strength though, as he occasionally struggled to stop a bull rush. Overall though, I feel Barnes is strong enough to last in the NFL.
Final Word: I'm a big fan of Barnes. He does have a lot to work on to be successful at the next level, but everything is correctable in my opinion. He does need to show at the Combine that the past four years in the spread offense, snapping in shotgun, won't be an issue. He is the prototypical size for an interior lineman in the NFL, with the barrel chest, good strength and technique. I could see Barnes as the second center prospect off the board come draft day.