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Cincinnati Bengals Showing Interest In Washington Defensive Tackle Alameda Ta'amu

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As we wrote on Thursday, the Cincinnati Bengals reportedly sent running backs coach Jim Anderson to the University of Washington's Pro Day to work with running back Chris Polk, considered one of the upper running back prospects for this year's NFL Draft. However Anderson wasn't the only one that attended at Washington.

According to Rob Rang with, the Bengals also sent defensive line coach Jay Hayes to personally work out defensive tackle Alameda Ta'amu.

Rang writes:

Ta'amu has surprisingly light feet for a man of his size and scouts on hand seemed pleased with his performance in the shuttle and three-cone drills.

Ta'amu was listed at 337 pounds at Washington, gaining a few more pounds for the 2012 Senior Bowl. Scout, Inc grades Ta'amu as the seventh-best defensive tackle prospect and exceptional against the run:

A massive, wide body NT. Needs work with leverage and playing with a consistent pad level. However, when playing with leverage can be a hand full for OL to handle on the interior. Possesses a powerful lower half and can create a strong initial surge in one-on-one battles. Strong base and plays with very good balance to anchor against double teams. Has quick hands but needs some coaching to consistently use them to his advantage. Finds the ball and moves well for his size. Can shed and redirect to get involved in tackle.

Jay Hayes has been rather active with Pro Days lately (which isn't uncommon for him). Earlier this week he was reportedly working out Vaughn Meatoga at Hawaii's Pro Day before making a pit stop at USC.