The Bengals may be ready to add a true power-blocking fullback in 2015.
That's what they'd be getting in LSU's Connor Neighbors, who's regarded as one of the top fullbacks in this year's draft class. According to Scout.com, Neighbors is set to workout for the Bengals.
The Bengals will be having a look at former LSU fullback Connor Neighbors, who will work out for them this week, according to a source familiar with Neighbors.
Considered one of the top fullbacks in this draft class, Neighbors is 5 feet 11 and 230 pounds of solid rock. He blocked for Jeremy Hill in 2013 and paved the way for last year's LSU committee of running backs including Terrence Magee and Kenny Hilliard, who combined for 1,018 rushing yards on 5.0 yards per carry.
He actually split time with J.C. Copeland as the primary fullback for LSU in 2013 until Neighbors started the final seven games of the regular season. He then went on to play in 12 games with 10 starts this past season while paving the way for the Tigers' 25th nationally-ranked rushing offense this past season.
Neighbors also has a decent set of hands, catching 11 passes for 119 yards over the past two seasons. He's still going to be more of a blocking fullback than one who operates like Ryan Hewitt in the NFL.
Perhaps, the Bengals want to use Hewitt more as a blocking tight end in 2015 and have a true fullback like Neighbors on the roster. Either way, there's apparent interest from Cincinnati, so he'll be a name to watch for late in the draft or as an undrafted free agent.