The Pro Day circuit rolls on as the Bengals have popped up at another west coast location.
This time, it was Sacramento State where Cincinnati was in attendance. According to Tony Pauline of Walter Football, nine NFL teams were at this Pro Day, including the Lions, Bengals, Packers, Chiefs, Browns, Giants, 49ers, Falcons and Washington.
They were all there to watch offensive tackle Lars Hanson work out, and he actually had dinner with the Bengals.
@NinersNation I spoke with many scouts, I also had dinner with the Cincinnati Bengals, and lunch with the Detroit Lions.— Lars Hanson (@larsten76) March 16, 2016
"I am humbled by the whole experience. I know I could have done better but I'm happy with my performance," Hanson told Cincy Jungle via Twitter.
Though his draft grade indicates he'll probably be undrafted this year, the Bengals have spent at least a late-round pick on an offensive lineman in many drafts. And after spending their first two picks on lineman last year, we probably won't see Cincinnati take another one until Day 3, or just sign a couple of undrafted lineman.
This could be where Hanson comes into play as the 6'6", 310-pound tackle completed 28 reps on the bench press and ran a 5.2 40-yard dash. He started every game the past three years for Sacramento State, but was not among the college prospects invited to the NFL Combine.
Hanson did get a chance to showcase his skills to scouts during the NFLPA Bowl this offseason. That may have helped increase the level of NFL interest in him since nine different pro teams made it to his Pro Day.
But he's not the first offensive lineman the Bengals have shown interest in this offseason. We have them meeting Colorado tackles Zeth Ramsey and Colorado-Mesa's Stephane Nembot, two late-round prospects. The Bengals were also at the Kansas State's Pro Day to watch offensive guard Cody Whitehair, whom many regard as the top guard in this year's draft class
It appears that even though the Bengals have one of the NFL's strongest and deepest offensive lines, we can't rule out the team selecting a lineman as early as Round 2, but it looks more likely that a Day 3 pick or late day two pick could be spent on linemen. The Bengals will need to make the most of their draft picks this year as they have the fewest selections in the draft as they've had in at least seven years.