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Bengals sent their running backs coach to Penn State pro day

Could the Bengals be eyeing some possible depth at the running back position with their visit to Penn State’s pro day?

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This week, the Bengals made their way State College, Pennsylvania for Penn State’s pro day.

Cincinnati did end up sending their new running backs’ coach Jemal Singleton to check out what the Nittany Lions have to offer this season.

The top prospect working out today is cornerback Amani Oruwariye. Coming off a very productive senior season, Oruwariye turned in impressive weeks in Mobile at the Senior Bowl and in Indianapolis at the NFL combine. Oruwariye compares well to Darqueze Dennard as a run defender and a press-man corner with even a little more length. As of now, Oruwariye projects as a late-first/early-second round pick in a cornerback class that lacks a ton of talent at the top.

Outside of Oruwariye, there’s very little NFL talent coming out of Happy Valley this year. While he’s not Saquon Barkley, running back Miles Sanders may sneak his way into the third round. Singleton did put Sanders through his workout along with several other coaches.

Interior offensive lineman Connor McGovern figures to go off the board there as well, and could be a value option for the Bengals if he slides past there, but Cincinnati can do much better than him.

Penn State’s quarterback Trace McSorley is the most well-known prospect working out, and has the most to gain as well. McSorley joined Oruwariye at the Senior Bowl this year after putting together a solid 2018 season in his own right, but his best hope is for a team to take a flyer on him on the third day of the draft. Considering the Bengals’ quarterback situation, he could find himself in Cincinnati just like former Penn State and current AAF backup quarterback Christian Hackenberg did last year.