We offer reminders of caution observing the NFL Combine, applying the fact that though a team may show interest in a player, the reality is that teams are showing general interest in virtually every player during interviews, workouts, to build their scouting reports, setting their draft board later during the process after Pro Day workouts.
But the Bengals are doing their due-diligence with players, as most teams are doing during the predraft process.
That being said the Bengals are making the rounds with offensive tackles, including a confirmed interview with Wisconsin offensive tackle Ricky Wagner, whom Jason Wilde with ESPNWisconsin.com called a "short answer specialist".
The Bengals are expected to check out offensive tackles as part of a contingency if they're unable to retain soon-to-be free agent Andre Smith, but also build overall depth with Dennis Roland entering free agency and Anthony Collins heading into the final year of a two-year deal.
Cincinnati was scheduled to chat with Syracuse offensive tackle Justin Pugh, but time ran out and the interview is expected to happen at some point on Friday.
Wagner is getting some advice from a former teammate and current second-year player with the Cincinnati Bengals, Kevin Zeitler.
"Yeah, texted him a few days ago, a few weeks ago, talking about the Senior Bowl experience, Combine experience."
That was actually a detailed response to most of his questions from Thursday.