As the 2018 NFL Draft approaches, teams are getting close looks at players they may be adding next month. Bowling Green State University is a close jaunt to the city of Cincinnati and the Bengals were one of many teams who received an in-person look at their incoming prospects. The Browns, Saints and Bears also had scouts in attendance.
23 teams at @BG_Football yesterday with one player emerging as a post-draft FA prospect:— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) March 20, 2018
WR Teo Redding (6-1, 181) 4.53/4.46 40s, 38.5 VJ, 11-0 BJ, 4.22 shuttle, 6.85 cone. I'll take him for my track/field team. Type of player I brought into Dallas all the time. https://t.co/GtA9Sd2uYL
Adrenaline was pumping as BGSU players showed off their talents for Pro Day! pic.twitter.com/RUsBOyVr8a— #BCSNnation (@BCSNsports) March 20, 2018
Wide receiver Teo Redding had 45 catches for 624 yards in 2017, but also had eight touchdowns. In a pass-happy league in which teams are always looking for capable pass-catchers who can find the end zone, Redding may have a solid future with an NFL club.
The Bengals also like to use late-round picks and undrafted free agent acquisitions to supplement their special teams unit. James Wright was drafted in this capacity back in 2014 by Cincinnati, and perhaps that’s where a guy like Redding initially cuts his teeth.
Teo Redding measured at 6-foot-1. His vertical was 38.5 inches and broad jump was 11 feet. The broad jump tied the top wide out at the combine and the vertical would’ve tied for 3rd. pic.twitter.com/C67ZKseXcV— Thomas Schmeltz (@Thomas_Schmeltz) March 19, 2018
Speaking of special teams, a couple of other interesting prospects were also under the microscope at BGSU’s pro day. Two place kickers—Jake Suder and Nick Fields—showed of for the teams in attendance as well.
Suder was 32-of-33 on extra points in 2017 at BGSU, while also hitting 18-of-22 field goal attempts. He was 35-of-38 on extra points in 2016, but just 9-of 12 on field goal attempts that same year.
The Bengals currently have Randy Bullock under contract, who is on another one-year deal after a nice bounce-back campaign in 2017. Jonathan Brown is also on the roster, but Cincinnati could be eyeing other prospects at the position for long-term purposes.
Other notable prospects participating in BGSU’s pro day included offensive lineman Ryan Hunter and defensive lineman Shannon Smith.