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Bengals attend Kansas State and Cincinnati pro days

The Bengals were seen engaging with a top OL prospect.

Kansas State v Baylor Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Now that the NFL combine is in the rear view mirror, scouts and coaches will be making trips across the country to watch prospects workout up close at their school’s pro days.

Tuesday kicked off the pro day circuit with Purdue and Miami (OH) holding their pro days, and a handful more had theirs yesterday. The Bengals had eyes at two pro days in particular.

Just a few miles from Paul Brown Stadium, head coach Zac Taylor was seen at the University of Cincinnati’s pro day.

Taylor was Cincinnati’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach the season before Luke Fickell took over the Bearcats football team. He hired Doug Rosfeld, who was the university’s director of player development when he and Taylor were both there, as his director of coaching operations just last month, so his connection with the school is clearly still strong.

Cincinnati doesn’t have many potential NFL prospects, but one name to remember is defensive tackle Cortez Broughton, who produced at a high level for one of the top defenses in the nation in 2018.

Staying in the midwest, the Bengals attended the Kansas State pro day and were seen talking with two of their biggest prospects offensive tackle Dalton Risner and running back Alex Barnes.

Risner was a prominent figure at the Senior Bowl back in January and turned in a solid performance at the combine, but Barnes stole the show for the running backs. His 40-yard dash time of 4.59 and his vertical and broad jumps of 38.5 and 126 inches, respectively, were mightily impressive when considering his size at 6’0” and 226 pounds.

The Bengals may not need to draft a running back early, but they will definitely be looking for an offensive tackle of Risner’s caliber early in the draft. The four-year starter played all over the Wildcats’ offensive line and is projected to be a late-first or early-second round pick by the time late April arrives.

We still have about a month left of pro days to get to, here’s how the full schedule looks:

March 7

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March 11

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April 1

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