So far, it has been a surprisingly busy offseason for college quarterbacks and the Cincinnati Bengals. According to reports from multiple college pro days, the team has been making the rounds with a number of different quarterback prospects, some of which are projected to go in the first couple of rounds.
Most likely, this is just evidence of the Bengals performing their due diligence. But it could also be a sign that they plan to snag a developmental quarterback sometime on day three of the draft. They have already overhauled the position in-house, acquiring two new players behind starter Andy Dalton, and it would certainly make sense to continue the turnover by using a mid-to-late-round pick on a rookie quarterback.
One player the Bengals have kept a consistent eye on is Miami of Ohio's Zac Dysert. The team had previously attended Miami University's pro day almost a month ago to check out Dysert, and now, according to a report from a Miami University football staff member, the Bengals also recently held another pro day for the senior RedHawks quarterback.
Dysert finished the 2012 season with 3483 on 302 completions with a 25-12 touchdown-to-interception ratio. Although his team collected far more L's than W's last year, Dysert was a bright spot in an otherwise dreary season. He has an ideal frame for a quarterback and displays a solid arm, but has to deal with the "small school quarterback" label. Currently, he is projected to be a fourth- or fifth-round pick.
Based on the level of interest shown by the Bengals--especially this close to the draft--it appears that Dysert is firmly on the team's radar. In addition to the Bengals, however, Dysert has also met with a number of other teams in private, so competition for his services might be fierce. Still, if the Bengals manage to fill most of their needs early in the draft, don't be surprised if they take a flyer on someone like Dysert on the draft's final day.