The Bengals continue to make Pro Day visits and on Tuesday, club representatives traveled to University of Florida and Iowa State. Players from both schools could eventually make their way onto NFL rosters, and Florida, in particular, has several intriguing prospects.
UF says all 32 teams were present and 70 total scouts/coaches were attendance. #Gators Pro Day— Mike Kaye (@mike_e_kaye) March 22, 2016
Florida's Pro Day was packed with representatives from every NFL club, likely due to the fact that standout corner Vernon Hargreaves III is a consensus first-round pick. The junior corner tallied 38 pass defenses and 10 interceptions over his three-season college career, and he is as NFL-ready as it gets for a cornerback. NFL.com's Lance Zierlein compared Hargreaves to former Florida corner and two-time Pro Bowler Joe Haden in his draft profile, praising the corner's aggressiveness and quick-twitch explosion.
Apart from Hargreaves, however, there are plenty of Florida prospects who could make an impact in the NFL. 6-foot-3 defensive end Jonathan Bullard has been dubbed a likely second-round pick after an impressive senior season in which he posted 66 tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks. Bullard is great against the run and would work likely fit in Cincinnati's scheme as a 4-3 base defensive end. Whether the team is looking for a taller defensive end, however, is a serious question that needs to be answered. Cincinnati loves tall defensive ends.
Wide receiver Demarcus Robinson could also be an intriguing prospect for the Bengals. Robinson, who drew comparisons to Mike Wallace in his NFL Draft Profile, is a burner. However, the wide receiver has some serious off-field concerns, which could definitely sway teams in the opposite direction, especially after seeing how Josh Gordon and Martavis Bryant have been unable to overcome their off-field issues that stemmed before their arrival into the NFL.
Last season, the Bengals took a chance on Cedric Ogbuehi, who suffered an ACL injury in his last college game, in the first round. A year later, the team is still very excited about its draft selection. Robinson, who is projected as a fifth-round pick, would be a high risk, higher reward type of draft selection. He has the potential to be one of the top four or five receivers selected in this year's draft, but if the off-field issues come up again, he could be the next player to see himself out of the league too soon.
Safety Keanu Neal could be a guy the Bengals target later on in the draft. Neal is a hard hitter and quality special teams player who could come off the board in the sixth or seventh round. This seems ludicrous for a player who was clearly an impact player at Florida. If Neal really falls that far in the draft, Cincinnati could call his name, just as it did when Derron Smith fell down the board last year. This is a guy I really believe Cincinnati could select if he lasts until the sixth round or later; the Bengals need a strong safety and Neal fits the bill.
Other Florida prospects who could hear their names called are running back Kevin Taylor, tight end Jake McGee, inside linebacker Antonio Morrison and defensive end Alex McCalister.
The Bengals, along with 20 other NFL teams and at least one CFL team, also attended Iowa State's Pro Day.
There are scouts from the: Lions, Titans, Steelers, Redskins, Dolphins, Cardinals, 49ers, Packers, Vikings, Broncos, Giants, Bengals, Chiefs— CycloneFanatic.com (@cyclonefanatic) March 22, 2016
At Iowa State's Pro Day. Told that 21 #NFL teams are represented today. #Cyclones— Tommy Birch (@TommyBirch) March 22, 2016
It's unlikely that any Iowa State player will hear his name called on draft day, but four prospects could make their way onto an NFL roster as an undrafted free agent. 6-foot-1 wide receiver Quenton Bundrage is one of those guys. The wideout hauled in four touchdowns on 41 receptions in 2015, after missing the entire 2014 season with a torn ACL. It's evident that Bundrage wasn't fully recovered from his ACL injury, as the pass-catcher tallied nine touchdowns in 2013.
Another player to keep an eye on is senior safety Qujuan Floyd, who played in 22 games from 2014-2015. While he only tallied one interception over those two seasons, he recorded at least six tackles in every game he played in the 2015 season, totaling 79 on the year. As a result, the saftey was named as an All-Big 12 Honorable Mention.
Outside linebacker Dale Pierson and tight end Ben Boesen could also make their way onto an NFL practice squad, but it would take a fantastic Pro Day for that to happen.