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2013 NFL Draft: Running Back Latavius Murray Tweets He Is Visiting Cincinnati

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According to an incoming prospect, the Bengals have another rookie visiting them this week. University of Central Florida running back, Latavius Murray sent out a picture of the Cincinnati skyline in his Twitter and Instagram accounts.


At Cincy Jungle, we pride ourselves on having the ever-watchful eye for news and updates about the Bengals. Even when that news hasn't come directly from the team or beat writers, there is news to be found. With a tip to the cap to our in-house draft expert, Joe Goodberry, we have found another incoming prospect who appears to be in town visiting the Bengals--University of Central Florida running back, Latavius Murray.

We are running with the assumption that "this process" is a reference from Murray to the draft process and the high-class treatment that prospects receive from teams. If you remember, there was a similar tweet last week from former Oregon tackle, Kyle Long about a visit he was seeming to have set up with the club as well.

Murray had a solid senior season, racking up 1,106 yards on 198 carries for a 5.6 yards per carry average and 15 rushing touchdowns. He also added 27 catches for 231 yards and four receiving touchdowns. He is big for the position at 6'3" and 222 pounds, so he wasn't used as a kick returner as many other college backs are utlilized.

Even at that size, Murray displayed some great speed at his Pro Day earlier this month, running a 4.40 and 4.38 40-yard dash. Back in late January, Goodberry tabbed Murray as a fifth or sixth round player, though he may have moved himself up to the middle of the draft because of his Pro Day performance. Goodberry also called Murray one of his "late-round gems" Here's what he said a few months back:

Strengths: Murray is a bigger back that has skills normally associated with smaller runners. He can catch very well and has above average long speed. His vision/feel/patience can be very good at times but it's inconsistent. He's also one of the better pass protection running backs in this draft. Murray has only fumbled twice in 550 college touches.

Weaknesses: Murray runs high and that leaves him open to big hits and hurts his agility/acceleration. He appears to lumber as he makes sudden cuts and it takes him a few yards to get up to speed. He can also be too patient at times and gets swallowed up before he even gets going. Murray missed the 2010 season with a knee injury.

Size/Style Comparison: James Starks
Score: 5.86
Draft Projection: 6th - 7th Round

We'll await official word from the team and/or other media members, but Murray is in town and it's a safe bet that he has or will be meeting with the Bengals.