And the Bengals' national tour of University Pro Day visits continues. Today we've told you all that they've attended the Ohio State University Pro Day, the Ole Miss Pro Day and the Furman University Pro Day. We didn't know if Bengals offensive coordinator was at any of these workouts, until now. Gruden was seen at Florida International University's Pro Day today, according to Pete Pelegrin, an FIU sportswriter.
Gruden was on hand likely to see the speedy wide receiver, T.Y. Hilton. According to reports, Hilton ran the 40-yard dash twice, with official times of 4.36 and 4.34. He was also pretty impressive in his individual drills catching the football and running routes:
An NFC scout said afterward that Hilton showed good hands catching the ball and was pretty sharp in his route running. A scout from an AFC team remarked how quick Hilton was running the 40, especially coming off the quad injury he sustained at the bowl game.
Hilton was invited to the Combine, but couldn't run because of a sustained quadricep injury. He had an impressive 2011 campaign with 72 receptions, 1038 yards and seven touchdowns. As a freshman in 2008, Hilton recorded a whopping 24.7 yards per reception average and put up another 1000-yard season. Hilton also made a major impact on the special teams game, recording a 97-yard punt return touchdown, and four other 90-plus yard kickoff return touchdowns. He isn't an imposing specimen at only 5'10", 183 pounds, but he could be a speedy deep threat that a team needs.
For a small school prospect, Hilton has been gaining a lot of attention and setting up meetings with teams. He didn't meet with the Bengals Friday and doesn't have one set up by any reports, but that's not to say that he won't be on their radar come draft weekend.