Marvin Lewis managed to take on the duty of traveling all the way to the sunshine state to check out UCLA’s best and brightest at the school’s pro day.
It probably needs to be stated for a certain portion of the Bengals fan base that Lewis didn’t go to check out top quarterback prospect Josh Rosen. Sorry to the “we need a new quarterback” group. Your dreams died when Lewis was re-signed.
The big name Lewis wanted to see was probably offensive tackle Kolton Miller. He did well for himself at the Scouting Combine by showing he was one of the top raw prospects at the tackle position in this draft. He also may have secured himself a spot late in the first round at his pro day.
Miller has a lot of the same concerns people had about Orlando Brown prior to his awful Combine. He is a massive individual at 6’9” and 310 pounds. However, tackles that size often have issues translating to the NFL. Miller has a problem with bending and he plays with a high pad level. In the NFL with so many pass rushers who are just freakishly fast, Miller will have issues holding up in protection. These could be issues fixed by coaching though and Bengals new offensive line coach Frank Pollack could help clean up some technical issues.
Of course the Bengals’ trade for Cordy Glenn would mean Miller would be brought in to compete with Cedric Ogbuehi and Jake Fisher for the right tackle position. The team could also view Miller as a future left tackle for when Glenn’s contract expires or if the team opts out of his deal in 2019.
If the Bengals did draft Miller, they could look to give him plenty of time to develop his skills as the right tackle and move him over if Glenn leaves.
The other name to look out for from UCLA is center Scott Quessenberry. He looks to be a Day 3 option at center if the Bengals haven’t addressed that position yet already at that point. He isn’t an amazing or stand-out prospect, but he also shouldn’t stick out as the obvious weak link in an offensive line.
Wide receiver Jordan Lasley also was among the UCLA pro day participants. The Bengals may end up taking a receiver in this draft, but unless Lasley falls farther than he should be drafted based on talent, I wouldn’t expect to see him in stripes. He is a fast receiver, but he has a problem with dropping passes. He also apparently doesn’t rub scouts the right way with his attitude. The Bengals are already crowded at this position, and Lasley wouldn’t add anything the team doesn’t already have.