With the start of NFL Training camps a week away, the Cincinnati Bengals still have one roster spot left to fill to hit their allotment of 90 players. They may have someone already in mind, as Virginia Lynchburg defensive tackle LaKendrick Ross will be working out for the team on Monday, according to Damond Talbot of Draft Diamonds.
The 6’5, 360 pound Ross entered the supplemental draft earlier this month, but was not selected, making him a free agent. VA-Lynchburg is part of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association. The USCAA is a mix of small colleges, junior colleges and community colleges.
Talbot also reported this offseason that 12 NFL teams attended the pro day of the massive lineman and potential NFL prospect. He reportedly performed well at his pro day. He recorded a 83.5" wingspan, ran a 1.81 unofficial 10 yard split, and was unofficially timed at a 5.4 - 5.5 40-yard dash time. The Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers are tow teams confirmed to have shown interest in Ross.
He didn't get much playing time this past season. He only appeared in 6 games, but did notch 19 tackles, five tackles for loss, and four sacks.
Ross entered the 2014 NFL Supplemental Draft because he has been declared ineligible for the 2014 season. NFL.com did a mock supplemental draft and had the New York Jets taking Ross with a Supplemental 6th rounder, if that means anything.
As of now, the heaviest players on the Bengals roster are Andre Smith (340), Andrew Whitworth (330) and Marshall Newhouse (328). The heaviest defensive lineman are Domata Peko (322), Christo Bilukidi (320) and Larry Black (315). Of those three, only Peko played last year, so having a large body like Ross to clog the interior could be useful.
There isn't much in terms of highlights, but here's a little more on Ross' story and journey to the NFL: