The Bengals, along with the Saints and Jets, are in attendance at the University of Houston pro day.
Saints, Jets, Bengals are in the building….— Matt Jackson (@MJ4Sports) March 18, 2013
There are a few players working out for scouts in Houston, including offensive tackle Jacolby Ashworth, kicker Matt Hogan, outside linebacker Phillip Steward and cornerback D.J. Hayden.
Of all the prospects likely working out in Houston, Hayden is the biggest name. He's considered a top-five cornerback prospect heading into the 2013 NFL draft. Hayden is very quick and can cover receivers both on the outside and in the slot, however, he has average size and speed and may struggle to cover the league's top receivers one-on-one.
Hayden came close to dying this past November when he collapsed on the field. He was rushed to the hospital where it was found that he had a tear in his inferior vena cava, a main artery that carries blood from the heart to the lower body. The injury is usually found in high-speed car crashes and is considered fatal 95 percent of the time. Needless to say, Hayden is lucky to be alive.
Hayden is back on his feat and nearing 100 percent. NFL team doctors will want to make sure that Hayden is completely healthy and is not going to get injured again before they use a draft pick on him. He is one of the more interesting prospects in the draft, though, and the Bengals could be interested in him if they're unable to re-sign Adam Jones or Terence Newman.