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Bengals TE coach scouts TE MyCole Pruitt at SIU Pro Day

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The Cincinnati Bengals sent tight end coach Jonathan Hayes to the Southern Illinois Pro Day to scout MyCole Pruitt, according to NFL media.

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The Cincinnati Bengals had a rather commanding presence at the Southern Illinois Pro Day on Tuesday. In addition to scouting/working out SIU running back Malcolm Agnew, the team also "got a good look" at tight end MyCole Pruitt. According to senior NFL analyst Gil Brandt, Cincinnati Bengals tight ends coach Jonathan Hayes was in attendance.

Tight end MyCole Pruitt (6-foot-2 1/2, 255 pounds) stood on his numbers from the NFL Scouting Combine, where he was the top performer among tight ends in the 40-yard dash and vertical jump, and among the top performers among tight ends in broad jump, 20-yard short shuttle and 60-yard shuttle.

Pruitt had an extraordinarily good pro day positional workout, which was witnessed by Bengals tight ends coach Jonathan Hayes. Pruitt is very similar to Charles Clay -- who recently agreed to a five-year, $38 million offer from the Buffalo Bills -- when he was coming out of Tulsa. Pruitt is a good player who's moving up on many peoples' draft boards.

Per Pruitt's draft page:

The production is impressive. It warrants attention and accolades, but the tape shows an alarming inconsistency of effort and competitive fire. Pruitt won't be considered a plus athlete for the position by NFL standards, so he must crank up the motor and keep it running -- especially when asked to block since that might be his way onto a team.

Tony Pauline with Draft Insider writes:

Tight end/H-back Mycole Pruitt, who turned in an outstanding combine workout, caught the ball today and did reasonably well. I'm told while his pass-catching skills stood out, he shows a bit of tightness in his hips; not a good sign for a smaller player at his position.