UC doesn’t feature any highly-regarded prospects entering the NFL Draft, but they do have several guys capable of making a 53-man roster in 2017. Among them is standout safety Michael Tyson.
The 6’1”, 204-pound Tyson racked up 46 tackles, five interceptions, five pass deflections and 4.5 tackles for loss this past season. He’s a hard-hitter and play-maker in coverage that could make an impact on special teams, something the Bengals love in their late-round prospects.
Even so, CBS projects Tyson as a Round 7 prospect who could go undrafted. If he’s not drafted, perhaps the Bengals will sign him shortly after the draft concludes. He’s the only Bearcat CBS has a draftable grade on. Everyone else is projected to be a priority free agent.
That includes inside linebacker Eric Wilson. The 6’1”, 220-pound Wilson recorded 111 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, four fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles over the last two seasons. The Bengals have plenty of depth at linebacker right now among the bottom of the roster, but perhaps Wilson could compete for one of the final spots on the 53-man roster.
One other Bearcat to keep an eye on is center Deyshawn Bond. A four-year starter, Bond was one of the AAC’s best offensive linemen, though he rarely got to face anything close to NFL talent. That’s why he’s flying under the radar heading into the draft, but he could be someone to watch for in Round 7 or as a priority free agent.
Duke Tobin, the Bengals’ director of player personnel, was reportedly timing wide receiver Shaq Washington’s 40-yard dash, as pictured here by Dan Hoard. Though, Washington was eligible for last year’s NFL Draft and did not get selected. UC seemingly allowed him to participate in an effort to be seen by NFL scouts in attendance. From 2013-2015 with the Bearcats, Washington recorded 2,526 yards and 11 touchdowns.