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.
Like Fickell and Zac Taylor chatting it up at the UC Pro Day #Bengals pic.twitter.com/0PCkYRHUST— BearcatJournal.com (@BearcatJournal) March 6, 2019
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.
Bengals had members of their coaching staff at the #KState pro day, showed a lot of interest in both OL Dalton Risner and RB Alex Barnes. Spotted Risner chatting with the Bengals in between drills.— Matt Derrick (@mattderrick) March 6, 2019
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:
- UAB Blazers, 9 a.m.
- Nebraska Cornhuskers, 2 p.m.
- Samford Bulldogs, 2 p.m.
- Maine Black Bears, 8 a.m.
- New Mexico Lobos, 1 p.m.
- Arkansas Razorbacks, 9 a.m.
- Illinois Fighting Illini, 10 a.m.
- Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders, 10 a.m.
- Troy Trojans, 10 a.m.
- Tennessee State Tigers, 2 p.m.
- Austin Peay Governors, 3 p.m.
- Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, 9 a.m.
- Central Arkansas Bears, 10 a.m.
- Concordia Stingers , 10 a.m.
- Oklahoma State Cowboys, 10 a.m.
- Vanderbilt Commodores, 11 a.m.
- Northwestern Wildcats, 11:30 a.m.
- New Mexico State Aggies, 12 p.m.
- Central Oklahoma Bronchos, 2:30 p.m.
- Kennesaw State Owls, 2:30 p.m.
- Mercer Bears, 8 a.m.
- Buffalo Bulls, 8:30 a.m.
- Marshall Thundering Herd, 9 a.m.
- Oklahoma Sooners, 10 a.m.
- Wisconsin Badgers, 11 a.m.
- Nevada Wolf Pack, 12 p.m.
- Georgia Southern Eagles, 1:30 p.m.
- Clemson Tigers, 8 a.m.
- Tennessee Volunteers, 8 a.m.
- Central Michigan Chippewas, 10 a.m.
- Fordham Rams, 10 a.m.
- Tulsa Golden Hurricane, 10 a.m.
- Columbia Lions, 11:30 a.m.
- Michigan Wolverines, 8 a.m.
- Chattanooga Mocs, 8:30 a.m.
- West Georgia Wolves, 8:30 a.m.
- Princeton Tigers, 1 p.m.
- Georgia State Panthers, 1:30 p.m.
- Oregon State Beavers, 2 p.m.
- Texas State Bobcats, 2 p.m.
- Pittsburg State Gorillas , 10 a.m.
- Michigan State Spartans, 11:30 a.m.
- Syracuse Orange, 12:15 p.m.
- Pennsylvania Quakers, 12:30 p.m.
- Fresno State Bulldogs, 1:45 p.m.
- ULM Warhawks, 2 p.m.
- Albany Great Danes, 8:30 a.m.
- Bowling Green Falcons, 8:30 a.m.
- North Carolina A&T Aggies, 10 a.m.
- Penn State Nittany Lions, 10 a.m.
- Alabama Crimson Tide, 12 p.m.
- Sacramento State Hornets, 12 p.m.
- Toledo Rockets, 12:30 p.m.
- California-Davis Aggies, 4 p.m.
- Louisiana Tech Bulldogs, TBD
- Duquesne Dukes, 7 a.m.
- Georgia Bulldogs, 9 a.m.
- Missouri Western Griffons, 9 a.m.
- Wake Forest Demon Deacons, 9 a.m.
- Northwestern State Demons, 9:15 a.m.
- Baylor Bears, 9:30 a.m.
- Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 10 a.m.
- Pittsburgh Panthers, 10 a.m.
- Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, 10 a.m.
- USC Trojans, 10:30 a.m.
- Boston College Eagles, 1 p.m.
- Louisiana Ragin Cajuns, 3 p.m.
- Ohio State Buckeyes, TBD
- Grand Valley State Lakers, 8 a.m.
- South Carolina Gamecocks, 8 a.m.
- West Virginia Mountaineers, 8 a.m.
- Louisville Cardinals, 9 a.m.
- Missouri Tigers, 9 a.m.
- McNeese State Cowboys, 9:30 a.m.
- Massachusetts Minutemen, 10 a.m.
- Murray State Racers, 10 a.m.
- Sam Houston State Bearkats, 10:15 a.m.
- Azusa Pacific Cougars, 11:30 a.m.
- California Golden Bears, 1 p.m.
- Tulane Green Wave, 1 p.m.
- Western Michigan Broncos, 1 p.m.
- Gannon Golden Knights, 4 p.m.
- Akron Zips, 8 a.m.
- Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens, 8 a.m.
- Eastern Michigan Eagles, 8 a.m.
- Citadel Bulldogs, 8:30 a.m.
- Charlotte 49ers, 8:30 a.m.
- Youngstown State Penguins, 8:30 a.m.
- LSU Tigers, 9 a.m.
- Kentucky Wildcats, 9:15 p.m.
- Central Connecticut State Blue Devils, 10 a.m.
- Kent State Golden Flashes, 1 p.m.
- San Diego State Aztecs, 1:30 p.m.
- Southern Jaguars, 3 p.m.
- Villanova Wildcats, 8 a.m.
- South Alabama Jaguars, 9 a.m.
- Texas Tech Red Raiders, 11 a.m.
- Western Illinois Leathernecks, 11:30 a.m.
- North Carolina Tar Heels, 1 p.m.
- Old Dominion Monarchs, 1 p.m.
- UNLV Rebels, 1:15 p.m.
- West Florida Argonauts, 2 p.m.
- Prairie View A&M Panthers, 3 p.m.
- Southern Miss Golden Eagles, 3 p.m.
- Rice Owls, 9:15 p.m.
- Iowa Hawkeyes, TBD
- FIU Panthers, 8 a.m.
- Richmond Spiders, 8 a.m.
- Iowa St. Cyclones, 8:30 a.m.
- Texas A&M Aggies, 9:15 a.m.
- Southeast Missouri State Redhawks, 11 a.m.
- UCF Knights, 11:30 a.m.
- Morgan State Bears, 12 p.m.
- Duke Blue Devils, 12 p.m.
- Monmouth Hawks, 1:30 p.m.
- Florida Atlantic Owls, 2 p.m.
- James Madison Dukes, 2 p.m.
- Northern Iowa Panthers, 4:30 p.m.
- Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners, 4:30 p.m.
- Campbell Fighting Camels, 6 p.m.
- Connecticut Huskies, 8 a.m.
- Incarnate Word Cardinals, 8 a.m.
- Kansas Jayhawks, 8 a.m.
- Maryland Terrapins, 8 a.m.
- Stony Brook Seawolves, 8 a.m.
- Florida Gators, 8:30 a.m.
- Memphis Tigers, 8:30 a.m.
- Lamar Cardinals, 9 a.m.
- Mississippi St. Bulldogs, 9 a.m.
- Minnesota Golden Gophers, 10 a.m.
- Utah State Aggies, 10 a.m.
- Arizona State Sun Devils, 11 a.m.
- N.C. State Wolfpack, 11 a.m.
- Jacksonville Dolphins, 3 p.m.
- Texas Longhorns, 3 p.m.
- Delta State Statesmen, 3:30 p.m.
- Arkansas State Red Wolves, 8:15 a.m.
- Dartmouth Big Green, 9 a.m.
- Towson Tigers, 9 a.m.
- Houston Cougars, 9:30 a.m.
- SMU Mustangs, 10 a.m.
- Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks, 10 a.m.
- Utah Utes, 10 a.m.
- North Dakota State Bison, 10:15 a.m.
- Ohio University Bobcats, 11:30 a.m.
- Florida State Seminoles, 1 p.m.
- Bryant Bulldogs, 2 p.m.
- North Texas Mean Green, 3 p.m.
- Ole Miss Rebels, 9 a.m.
- South Florida Bulls, 9 a.m.
- South Dakota State Jackrabbits, 9:30 a.m.
- TCU Horned Frogs, 9:30 a.m.
- Bethune-Cookman Wildcats, 10 a.m.
- BYU Cougars, 10:30 a.m.
- Virginia Tech Hokies, 10:30 a.m.
- Indiana State Sycamores, 9 a.m.
- Washington Huskies, 2 p.m.
- Indiana Hoosiers, 11:45 a.m.
- Boise State Broncos, 12:30 p.m.
- Ball State Cardinals, 9 a.m.
- Washington State Cougars, 1 p.m.
- Stanford Cardinal, 12 p.m.
- Eastern Washington Eagles, 1 p.m