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Bengals hosting QB Jake Dolegala; previously hosted QB Ryan Finley

The Bengals have been secretive with their quarterback scouting.

James Madison v North Carolina State Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images

There’s been a lot of buzz about the Bengals drafting a quarterback next week, but that has not been matched with any quarterbacks taking top 30 visits to Cincinnati that have been reported. Until today.

The Bengals hosted Central Connecticut State quarterback prospect Jake Dolegala today on the last day for top-30 meetings, per Ian Rapoport.

Rapoport is also reporting that the only other quarterback the Bengals have hosted over the past few weeks has been North Carolina State prospect Ryan Finley.

Against FCS competition, the 6-6 235 pound Dolegala threw for 48 touchdowns and 8,129 passing yards in his four-year career at CCSU. Very rarely do FCS quarterbacks end up getting drafted, so Dolegala is a name to remember when the Bengals are signing priority free agents after the draft has concluded.

Finley, the more well-known passer, also stands tall at 6-4 and will enter the NFL at 24 years old and will turn 25 during his rookie season. Finley originally started his college career at Boise State before transferring to NC State before his junior season and started three seasons for the Wolfpack. He ended up with 60 touchdowns and 10,501 passing yards.

Though not regularly included with the big four names at quarterback, Finley has been reported to be higher on teams’ boards than were draft media has him placed. His multi-layered accuracy and traditional dimensions are qualities that the NFL consistently values at the quarterback position, despite his age and lack of high-end velocity and elongated throwing motion.

Realistically, Finley projects to go off the board sometime on Day 2 and develop into a high-end backup with the potential to become a spot starter. A high quality career is likely out of the cards for Finley considering how old he already is, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see him carve out a long career.