We usually apply generalities of supposed interest with players this time of year. And it usually goes like this: The Bengals are interested in learning about everyone. Free agency, the NFL Combine, predraft workouts and interviews will initiate a filtering process, which breaks down the team's overall draft board.
One of those players is former Chuck Bednarik Award winner, LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu, who bench pressed 225 pounds only four times during the NFL Combine on Tuesday.
And Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer isn't impressed.
“It does concern me," said Zimmer on NFL AM, "because if he was working, obviously — I can bench four times, probably."
Cincinnati will be looking for help in the secondary, with a significant need at safety and a possible one at cornerback, depending on how free agency shakes out.
Mathieu was kicked off LSU's football team for allegedly failing multiple drug tests. He joined a rehabilitation program in September, but was arrested for marijuana possession the following month. The "Honey Badger" also reportedly ran a 4.43 40 on Tuesday.