The Senior Bowl is only days away, and it is one of the best opportunities for prospects to show their stuff in an actual game. It is a rare opportunity given that outside of the East-West Shrine game, the rest of the draft process is just drills.
The Bengals have really taken note of players who have played in the game as well. It seems that every year they take at least one player who participated. Here is how ever player on the Bengals roster fared in their Senior Bowl appearance:
Trayvon Henderson, Safety (2018)
Henderson had one crucial tackle early in the game last season for the north when he stopped Rashaad Penny from breaking a big run for a touchdown. Otherwise, Henderson was pretty quiet. He played for a North team that allowed 45 points, and didn’t look ready to stop the South team.
Henderson was a college free agent for the Bengals this past offseason. He made a strong push to make the final roster, but that came to an end when he was placed on injured reserve. He went down without being touched after getting an interception in the final preseason game.
Andrew Brown, Defensive Tackle (2018)
Brown also played for the North team that struggled mightily against the South team. He did plenty to show he was worthy of draft consideration during the practices when he looked unblockable. Brown spent the 2018 season on the practice squad, partly due to multiple injuries suffered in training camp and even while on the practice squad, but he could very well be in the mix for the roster in 2019.
Ryan Glasgow, Defensive tackle (2017)
Glasgow got to show off his motor during the Senior Bowl before he made his way to Cincinnati. It was a sloppy Senior Bowl as neither team could really get a rhythm going. Glasgow didn’t make a major impact. But that didn’t stop Glasgow from making a positive impact when he played in his first year and a half in Cincinnati. However, he spent most of the 2018 season on injured reserve after a pretty impressive rookie campaign as a rotational defensive lineman.
Jordan Willis, Defensive lineman (2017)
Willis probably had the best Senior Bowl of anyone listed thus far. He got to the quarterback twice on the day, and each time he forced a fumble. He instantly gained quite a bit of notoriety from draft experts. Unfortunately, it hasn’t exactly translated to the NFL year, as Willis has been out produced by Carl Lawson and Sam Hubbard in his first two seasons. Maybe a change in coaching staff could be exactly what Willis needs.
Jeff Driskel, Quarterback (2016)
Driskel was actually amazing in his Senior Bowl. He was eight for nine on passing attempts with 108 yards passing and a touchdown. He also added 15 more yards rushing. Driskel made his way to Cincinnati a couple of years ago, and he wound up being Dalton’s backup last season. He was called upon to start the final five games, but he only managed to lead the team to a win over the Raiders.
Christian Westerman, Offensive lineman (2016)
Westerman put his best foot forward during the Senior Bowl and was often praised as one of the best offensive lineman during the week. He hasn’t really gotten his shot in Cincinnati, as he has sat behind the likes of Clint Boling, Kevin Zeitler, Trey Hopkins and even Alex Redmond. When he has gotten his opportunities, they have been mostly positive. One would hope that a new coaching staff will finally give him a fair shot at the starting job.
C.J. Uzomah, Tight end (2015)
Uzomah only caught one pass for nine yards during his Senior Bowl. Then again, none of the quarterbacks from his team made even the slightest impact on the NFL, so it was pretty hard to judge him. Uzomah was a very surprising fifth-round pick for the Bengals in a very infamous 2015 draft for the team. This past season, he showed his worth as a solid blocker and receiver when called upon. He is set to become a free agent, but he has shown to be a capable backup tight end in this league.
Shawn Williams, Safety (2013)
Williams had a quiet Senior Bowl with only a single tackle, something you don’t see often from the safety who now ends up all over the field for Cincinnati. He ended up sitting a couple years behind Reggie Nelson, but once he got his chance, he never looked back. He isn’t one of the elite safeties in this league, but it is hard to get a player better.
Cordy Glenn, Offensive tackle (2012)
Glenn joined the Bengals last offseason via a trade. Before that he was stonewalling pass rushers and impressing draft analysts with his freakish measurables. He translated that into becoming one of the better tackles in the league before injuries started took hold.
Andy Dalton, Quarterback (2011)
Dalton again had a very quiet Senior Bowl, completing three of his seven passes for 22 yards while adding another three yards on four carries. Of course, Dalton’s pro career has yielded more of a roller coaster results with highs and lows throughout his stint in Cincinnati.
Clint Boling, Offensive lineman (2011)
Boling also played for the South protecting his future quarterback. This was one of his first opportunities to show off his skills as a guard after playing tackle for most of his college career. He impressed with his ability to finish blocks, as well as protect the passer. He has been one of the best offensive linemen for Cincinnati ever since he became a starter.
Geno Atkins, Defensive tackle (2010)
Atkins dominated one-on-one drills during his Senior Bowl practices, and he constantly appeared in the backfield during the game. Luckily for the Bengals, everyone seemed more concerned with whether he’d be big enough to even play in the NFL, and the team got one of the best interior defensive lineman in the NFL for a fourth-round pick.