Wednesday in the NFL was a very busy day as free agency kicked off and many pro days were taking place around the country. The Bengals were at both Oklahoma pro day and Virginia Tech pro day on Wednesday.
Virginia Tech has a slew of draft-eligible players who the Bengals were likely eyeing and it was defensive line coach Jacob Burney representing the team in Blacksburg. When the Bengals had the No. 12 pick in the draft, linebacker Tremaine Edmunds was in the conversation. He’s likely to be gone by the time the Bengals draft now that the team is slotted into the 21st overall pick. His brother, safety Terrell Edmunds could be someone the Bengals were watching as they look for safety depth. Terrell is ranked as CBS Sports’ 251st overall prospect, which would make him fall into the seventh round conversation. The Bengals have three seventh round picks.
Cornerback Greg Stroman is also likely in the mix for the Bengals, though the team doesn’t necessarily need a Day 2 cornerback, as he’s likely to be. There’s also guard Wyatt Teller, wide receiver Cam Phillips and cornerback Brandon Facyson.
Burney was putting defensive tackle Tim Settle through drills during the pro day. Setlle has a very poor NFL Combine performance, so he’s looking to right those wrongs at his pro day.
Here’s some more video from Virginia Tech’s pro day:
DT Tim Settle running his 40 at the VT Pro Day. Combine time was 5.37. I timed him at an unofficial 5.19 but I am very green at timing 40s pic.twitter.com/2GWt2pUeD2— Stephen Pimpo (@spimpojr) March 14, 2018
Settle posted a 5.37 second 40-yard dash, 23.5” in the vertical jump, 96” in the broad jump, 7.95 seconds in the 3-cone drill and 4.83 seconds in the 20-yard shuttle. Those are some pretty bad numbers for the defensive tackle. He has great energy, a good pursuit motor and is a forceful pocket pusher who can get to the quarterback. NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein compared him to Vince Wilfork in his draft profile. He’s likely to be a second round pick and the Bengals could be considering him.
In the last two seasons at Virginia Tech, Settle accumulated 53 tackles (19.5 for loss!), 4.0 sacks and 1 pass defensed. All four of his sacks came in his final season of college. Settle declared for the draft following his redshirt sophomore campaign.
As for the lesser-heralded Edmunds brother, Terrell — whose dad is former Pro Bowl tight end Ferrell Edmunds — he’s a former cornerback turned safety who is great in coverage, super athletic and can contribute on special teams, which is something the Bengals love to see in young players. He has work to do as a tackler, which is concerning as tackling is often under-coached at the NFL level due to the league’s collective bargaining agreement limiting practice time. He’s likely a Day 3 pick and someone the Bengals could be considering to add depth at safety.
Teller is CBS Sports’ 127th ranked prospect. The guard posted a 5.24 second 40-yard dash at the combine, as well as impressive numbers in a number of categories. His 30 bench press reps ranked him fifth among offensive linemen. His vertical hump of 29” was top 10, his broad jump ranked second, 3-cone drill ranked fifth. At 6’5”, 308 pounds Teller is someone the Bengals could consider to add to their guard depth and compete for the right guard spot next season. At his pro day, he reportedly ran a 5.30 40-yard dash, so he was unable to improve on his combine time.
Asked Virginia Tech OG Wyatt Teller about his hair transformation over past few years (thx @PeteMoris)— Eric Edholm (@Eric_Edholm) March 1, 2018
Teller went from a Mohawk to a Mullhawk — half mullet, half Mohawk — and is now just growing it out freely.
Teller: “I know when I get a job I’ll need to tame it.”
Here’s a look at the hair, though it’s not the best picture if we’re looking to see his locks.
Are you interested in any of the Virginia Tech prospects for the Bengals?