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Bengals Will Host Princeton Defensive End Mike Catapano

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According to NFL Draft Zone, the Cincinnati Bengals will host defensive end Mike Catapan


According to Damon Talbot, a small school football scout with NFL Draft Zone, the Cincinnati Bengals will host Princeton defensive end Mike Catapano.

Catapano could be the first Ivy Leaguer selected during the 2013 NFL Draft, according to Gil Brandt with During Princeton's Pro Day on March 20, Cincinnati Bengals defensive line coach Jay Hayes conducted the drills. Catapano has already held private workouts with the Philadelphia Eagles and Minnesota Vikings

Writes Brandt:

At his pro day, Catapano (6-foot-3 7/8, 271 pounds) ran the 40-yard dash in 4.75 seconds on each attempt. He had a 37 1/2-inch vertical jump and a 9-foot-8 broad jump. He ran the short shuttle in 4.31 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.09 seconds. Catapano threw the bar up 33 times on the bench press (225 pounds).

Catapano should be drafted relatively high, somewhere around the fourth or fifth rounds. His stiffest competition for being the first Ivy Leaguer selected in late April could come from Harvard fullback Kyle Juszczyk or Cornell receiver Luke Tasker (son of Buffalo Bills legend Steve Tasker).

Catapano lead the Ivy League with 12 quarterback sacks and three forced fumbles in 2012.