Cincinnati Bengals Attending Temple's Pro Day

According to Chris Steuber, draft analyst and Player Personal for the Georgia Force, the Cincinnati Bengals were one of 32 teams (meaning everyone was there) that attended Temple's Pro Day on Friday.

Players of note from Temple includes running back Bernard Pierce, ranked as the seventh-best running back prospect from Scouts, Inc. and 88th overall. They grade Pierce anywhere from above average to average in most trait-related categories save for the passing game, where they write after his below average grade:

Limited in this area. Often substituted for during obvious passing situations. Has good size and strength in pass pro but needs work with technique and is not overly aggressive in this area. Goes to the well too often with cut blocks. Displays adequate hands and can make the routine catches. However, lacks elite ball skills and can struggle with throws outside of the frame. Does not show great suddenness or polish with routes to consistently create separation from underneath routes.

In a West Coast offense that philosophically depends on the running back in the passing game, Pierce wouldn't seem like a great fit -- not that he's the player the team is looking at.

Mocking the Draft ranks him fifth overall while the National Football Post judges him more as a No. 2 running back:

Possesses good size, natural feel inside and some good cut back ability. Isn't real powerful though and runs a bit upright. Doesn't look like a great fit for an angle scheme at the next level like they ran at Temple. Is more of a zone guy in the NFL because of his vision and cut back ability. Could fight for a starting job over time, but might be better suited to play the number two role.

Other Temple prospects includes tight end/full back Evan Rodriguez, offensive linemen Derek Dennis and Wayne Tribue, outside linebackers Tahir Whitehead and Adrian Robinson, safety Kevin Kroboth, cornerbacks Kee-ayre Griffin and James Nixon and wide receiver Rod Streater.

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