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Bengals hosting Northern Iowa WR Daurice Fountain for pre-NFL Draft visit

The Bengals seem to be paying a lot of attention to receivers who are expected to be drafted on Day 3. In that vein, they’ve invited Daurice Fountain to Cincinnati for an official visit.

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The Bengals have scheduled a pre-draft visit with Northern Iowa wide receiver Daurice Fountain.

Update: The Bengals were also at his pro day on March 26, where he had a great performance.

Fountain had a productive FCS career and was a contributor since joining the team as true freshman. He has caught 150 passes for 2,077 yards and 23 touchdowns over his four seasons. 12 of those touchdowns came last season. Interestingly, Fountain was named a team captain, which is quite the achievement for a receiver. It’s a testament to his character and how well he does in a locker room.

At 6’2” and 210 pounds Fountain is a pretty ideal sized receiver. He has shown he has good speed and agility, and no one is questioning his amazing catch radius. He put all of this on display as he won the East West Shrine Game Offensive MVP award. There was really no better way to show he belongs than by dominating among the best of the best. He caught three passes for 61 yards in the game while his team’s quarterbacks only threw for a combined 132 yards.

The Bengals are making the rounds with potential Day 3 receivers, and Fountain could be a great addition to the squad. It makes you wonder which receiver(s) would be out next year though. Cincinnati carried seven receivers for most of last season, and that often meant Tyler Boyd or John Ross ended up as healthy scratches. Unfortunately for the Bengals, none of the guys that suited up opposite of A.J. Green really stepped up. Brandon LaFell did all he could but it wasn’t enough, and young guys like Josh Malone and Cody Core rarely even appeared in the box score.

It seems obvious the Bengals are hoping to bring in a wide receiver or two via the draft to hopefully give a boost to a receiving group that desperately needs to step up. Fountain could be a great grab on the third day of the draft.