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Bengals TE coach scouts TE MyCole Pruitt at SIU Pro Day

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.