The Cincinnati Bengals were one of 18 teams that attended William and Mary's Pro Day last month. According to the Connecticut Bulletin Standard Daily Gazette, Cincinnati sent wide receivers coach James Urban to the March 19 session which featured wide receiver Tre McBride -- who was once viewed as one of the draft's biggest steals (not now of course, because thanks internet).
Dane Brugler with CBS Sports writes that McBride, who ran a 4.41 40-yard dash at the 2015 National Scouting Combine, "gathers himself so effortlessly in his route breaks, showing off natural hands and overall receiver traits. A Pierre Garcon-like player, McBride has the tape that could land him in the top-100 and his combine performance won't hurt that prediction."
With A.J. Green, Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu entering contract years this season, and with a laughable pool of depth behind them, the Bengals figure to address wide receiver in the 2015 NFL draft -- if not two of them.
And look for speedy players.
"The biggest threat is vertical speed, not size," Jackson said during practice at the senior bowl in January. "If I’m faster than you, but you’re taller than me, I’m eventually going to find a way to get away from you. There are guys that make contested catches, but the common thread for success is speed. You’re not going to get open all the time, so you have to make contested catches. But you also have to be able to create separation so the quarterback can feel comfortable throwing it in there."
"Not a lot of people know about (McBride)," NFL.com draft expert Daniel Jeremiah said. "When you study him on tape, we saw him at the East-West (Shrine) Game, he was outstanding. He's somebody that ran a little bit faster than you expected at 4.41."
On the other hand, Kevin Weidl with ESPN added that the biggest question "is if he can become more consistent with his approach to the game to reach (his) potential."
The view is that McBride could be a second day or early third day projection (anywhere from the second to fourth rounds).