Scouring the twitterverse this time of year is like playing a modified version of "Where's Waldo." Except, instead of finding Waldo, the object of this game is to find Bengals coaches and scouts at the numerous college pro days happening all over the country.
According to Bo Marchionte, we may have found one of our Waldos, as Bengals wide receiver coach James Urban was spotted
on the big cruise ship at Northern Illinois' pro day on March 8th. Urban was there to check out a pair of NIU receivers, Martel Moore and Perez Ashford, who caught the ball well despite the "less than ideal conditions" of the event, which was held in a dimly lit recreation center. Maybe the Huskies thought it would showcase their nighttime receiving abilities, who knows.
Moore, who led the Huskies with 75 catches for 1,083 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2012, is considered the better player, though his workout wasn't quite as impressive as the faster Ashford. Moore was timed twice in the mid 4.5s and posted a 35-inch vertical. Ashford, on the other hand, ran the 40-yard dash three times with an average of 4.48 and had a 35.5-inch vertical. He appeared poised to enjoy a big senior season after a breakout junior campaign during which he earned second team All-MAC honors but was hampered by an ankle injury which limited him to just 34 catches for 373 yards and one touchdown. While Moore was a touch slower in drills, he showed the quickness in and out of his breaks during positional drills that helped him be so productive in 2012 and makes him the more likely of the two to be selected.
With the Bengals sending Urban to check out the event, it could signify their intent to draft another complementary wide receiver or it could just mean they are doing their homework on every prospect, even the ones from the MAC. Either way, it's nice to see the coaches getting involved as the draft creeps ever nearer.