As Jason Garrison pointed out earlier today, the University of CIncinnati's Pro Day was held on their campus today, with representatives from all 32 teams in attendance. Aside from defensive lineman Derek Wolfe, the prospect that the Bengals probably had their eye on the most was running back Isaiah Pead. Paul Dehner, Jr. of CBSRapidReports tweeted that a couple of the Bengals coaches spent considerable time chatting with Pead at his Pro Day.
@iPead today.Bengals RB coach Jim Anderson and Special teams coach Darrin Simmons spent a lot of time talking with
It's obvious that they would spend time with Pead, given that he's the school's top prospect this year and the team being in the market for multiple running backs this offseason. It also coincides with an earlier statement from Marvin Lewis that he made during the Combine. The team hadn't spent much time with Pead in Indianapolis, but true to his word, Lewis said that they'd spend more time with him at his Pro Day and they apparently did just that. Lewis also hinted that they would go back and review more tape on Pead.
"(Anderson) was talking about every time I step on the field it's a work day," Pead said. "He was saying, you always come to work and noticed it here today."
With rumors swirling that the Bengals could land a bigger running back in free agency like Michael Bush, the team could look to add a shiftier, speedy back in the middle rounds to complement the position group. Pead also showed off his return ability during the Senior Bowl, which points to why Darrin Simmons was also speaking with him. Currently, Pead is slated to go anywhere from the late second round to the fourth round in April's draft.
If you're getting tired of the chatter about Pead, expect it only to pick up over the next couple of months. He's a productive local prospect that plays a position that the Bengals have a need for. Expect the connection to continue to gain momentum until the draft is over.