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Corey Coleman meeting Bengals before NFL Draft

The Bengals continue to meet with potential first-round receiver prospects as the NFL draft inches closer.

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4/7/2016 Update: Coleman is visiting with the Bengals this week.


The Bengals are starting to make it clear that they're very interested in taking a wide receiver in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

After reports surfaced the team would work out TCU star Josh Doctson and are meeting with Laquon Treadwell, word is now coming out that Cincy will also meet with Baylor's Corey Coleman prior to the draft.

The Bengals already met with Coleman at the Combine, where they asked him a war question and attended his Pro Day, too.

The 5'11", 194-pound receiver opened his 2015 season with 20 touchdown catches in his first eight games and finished the year with 74 catches for 1,363 yards. However, multiple injuries to Baylor quarterbacks led to the Bears opting for a more run-heavy offense down the stretch, leading to Coleman catching just 13 passes for 134 yards and no scores in his final three games.

Coleman was also suffering from a sports hernia injury that led to him missing the Bowl win over North Carolina before he declared for the NFL draft. He's now projected to be drafted in the second half of Round 1.

However, the Bengals may not see him on the board with the Texans (22nd) and Vikings (23rd) both being projected to take receivers in many mock drafts. They both certainly need another pass-catcher as badly as the Bengals do, so it's going to be hard for Coleman to fall to Cincinnati depending on how the rest of the NFL ranks him on their big boards.

To this point, Coleman is the only confirmed wide receiver prospect the Bengals have met with multiple times. It's probably safe to think he and Josh Doctson are very high on Cincy's board when it comes to that 24th-overall pick.