The Cincinnati Bengals continued scouting players prior to April's draft as representatives traveled to Alabama to watch Auburn's Pro Day. Representatives from 12 teams showed up as 10 prospects worked out and demonstrated their skills in hopes of securing their stock in the draft.
Unlike last year, there are no Cam Newton's at Auburn's pro day. But there are a couple of prospects that could intrigue the Bengals come April. Defensive back Neiko Thorpe and offensive tackle Brandon Mosley are two prospects that have the potential to wind up in Cincinnati.
Thorpe had a strong showing as he ran a 4.42 in the 40-yard dash. He also had a 38-inch vertical, a short shuttle time of 4.28 seconds, and he ran the three-cone drill in 7.19 seconds. On top of that Thorpe also did four reps on the bench press at 225 pounds. He could wind up being a safety at the next level. Last season he had 102 tackles, three interceptions, and one fumble recovery for the Tigers. In all likelihood he will be a late-round pick, which means if the Bengals haven't addressed the hole at cornerback or safety they could target him later in the draft.
Mosley participated in position drills that were administrated by scouts. The reason for this is because there were no offensive line coaches in attendance. He has good size and athleticism which will be the key for his success at the next level. He's a solid pass blocker and has been viewed as a middle round selection, with some believing he could be drafted as early as the third round.
Depending on the Bengals situation when the draft arrives, Cincinnati could look into drafting either Thorpe or Mosley with one of their picks in the later rounds to add some legitimate depth to the roster. Only time will tell what direction the Bengals head in.