The college pro day circuit ends this week as the NFL Draft inches closer. Before then, Wednesday saw the Baylor Bears hold their annual pro day, and the Bengals were among 31 teams in attendance, according to NFL.com’s Gil Brandt.
While the Bears sport several guys worthy of draft picks, none of them are projected by CBS Sports to go before Day 3. You already know about wide receiver Ishmael Zamora, who the Bengals hosted for a pre-draft visit. However, Baylor has another receiver worthy of a draft selection in K.D. Cannon.
The 5’11”, 182-pound Cannon racked up 195 career catches for 3,113 yards (16.0 avg.) and 27 touchdowns across 38 collegiate contests. That included 87 grabs for 1,215 yards (14.0 avg.) and 13 scores this past season while earning First-Team All-Big 12 honors.
Both Cannon and Zamora are projected as late Day 3 selections, and the Bengals have eight selections between Rounds 4-7. If they want a receiver, both of these guys should get strong consideration.
The one Bear who Cincinnati should really be interested in is center Kyle Fuller. A full-time starter for the past three years, Fuller earned all-conference honors in each of the past three seasons. He was an honorable mention in 2014, a second-teamer in 2015, and finally got first-team honors this past season.
At 6’5” and 307 pounds, Fuller is on the larger side for a center, even in the NFL, so he may have a future at guard if center doesn’t work out. The Bengals certainly need depth at both spots, not to mention an upgrade at center, so perhaps Fuller is someone they’ll consider. He’s currently projected as a Round 4 prospect, and the Bengals have two picks in that round.
The only other Bear with a draftable grade is quarterback Seth Russell, who is still recovering from a broken ankle suffered late in November. That’s a big reason why Russell is projected as a Round 7 prospect or a priority free agent. He also played in an air-raid style offense, which rarely produces quarterbacks that do much, if anything in the NFL.
Russell may be a practice squad guy this year, so even if the Bengals keep AJ McCarron and/or Jeff Driskel, perhaps Russell can be a nice developmental guy on the practice team. Driskel is still an unknown, and McCarron will be involved in trade discussions until he’s either dealt or the draft concludes, so Russell could have a future with the Bengals if they acquire him.
Which of the Baylor prospects intrigues you the most for Cincinnati?