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Bengals attend Cal Pro Day, probably for Chris Harper

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The Bengals may have another receiver targeted to replace Brandon Tate and/or Dane Sanzenbacher as the fifth/sixth receiver.

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The Bengals were one of 29 NFL teams present at California's Pro Day on Tuesday.

Marvin Jones' alma mater may have another receiver that Cincinnati eyes in the latter rounds of this year's NFL draft in Chris Harper. He didn't light the world on fire during his college career, but when your team goes 9-72 over a three-year stretch, it's likely no one is.

In those three seasons, Harper caught 163 passes for 2,030 yards (12.5 avg) and 13 scores. After hauling in 52 passes for 634 yards and six scores this past season, Harper opted to declare for the NFL draft, but didn't even receive an invite to the scouting combine.

Unfortunately from him, Harper is part of another super-deep receiver class that will likely ensure he doesn't hear his name called during the draft. CBS has him ranked as the No. 381 prospect and 48th best receiver. That's still good enough to be Cal's best pro-ready prospect, and heck, one year after the Bengals drafted James Wright, it wouldn't be a complete shock to see them grab Harper.

It's also worth noting Harper did have 19 career punt returns for 122 yards (6.4 avg), so he might get looks as a returner in the NFL, making him slightly more attractive for a team like Cincinnati with Brandon Tate still unsigned.

Again, these are the visits that go under the radar until you hear a name called like Wright's during the seventh round of the draft. He was rated way lower than even Harper, but it was clear during his rookie season that Wright is meant to be an NFL player.

Maybe the Bengals found their seventh-round sleeper in Harper. If nothing else, he'll be a name to watch for as an undrafted free agent if not selected before then.