Despite being deep into the preseason, the Cincinnati Bengals scouting department is preparing for another hectic travel schedule with hundreds of names requiring reports for the 2016 NFL draft. According to the Orlando Sentinel, the Bengals were one of seven teams attending practice at the University of Central Florida on Thursday. Joining Cincinnati were the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Houston Texans, San Francisco 49ers and the Buffalo Bills.
"Receiver Chris Johnson and linebacker Mark Rucker ran with the first team during some segmented scrimmages," writes Shannon Green with the Sentinel. "Rucker, who had the play of the day Thursday with an interception, lined up at the weak-side linebacker position alongside senior middle linebacker Domenic Spencer and sophomore strong-side linebacker Chequan Burkett."
Scouts are spending less time on the road compared to previous years, largely due to the advancing integration of technology. If a team isn't mentioned as being represented during practice, it doesn't mean they lack interest; however it could be a deciding factor for us to decipher how serious their interest is. Bengals offensive line coach Paul Alexander attended Oregon's Pro Day earlier this year, scouting offensive tackle Jake Fisher. Cincinnati also attended Texas A&M's Pro Day, despite Cedric Ogbuehi not participating, taking advantage of an opportunity to speak with him to get a feel for his football knowledge and know how.