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Bengals showing interest in Jadon Haselwood and Lance Boykin

Haselwood is the second Arkansas pass-catcher Cincinnati has met with.

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As the NFL Draft gets closer and closer, the Cincinnati Bengals are continuing with their pre-draft meetings.

Cincinnati most recently met virtually with Arkansas Razorbacks wide receiver Jadon Haselwood, according to Tanner Phifer.

This comes after news broke this week that the Bengals were showing interest in fellow Razorbacks receiver Matt Landers.

The 6-foot-3 receiver started all 12 games during the regular season for Arkansas in 2022, leading the team with 59 catches to go with 702 receiving yards and three touchdowns. He recorded at least three receptions in all 12 games.

At the NFL Combine, Haselwood recorded a 4.66 40-yard dash, 1.56 10-yard dash, and a 37” vertical jump.

NFL Analyst Lance Zierlein stated, “[Haselwood is a] big possession target requiring work from the slot to create catch opportunities. Haselwood has good size and the strength to make contested catches underneath, but he lacks the speed or separation burst to uncover and stay open against NFL man coverage. His testing could make a difference for him, but a lack of special teams experience could hurt his cause to make it as a WR5/6.”

Cincinnati is also set to meet with Coastal Carolina cornerback Lance Boykin, according to Justin Melo.

In Boykin’s redshirt senior season, he was voted a team captain, named to the 2022 All-Sun Belt second team, earned a spot on the 2022 Phil Steele Sun Belt Conference All-Conference third team, received a 2023 East-West Shrine Bowl invitation, was tabbed the 2023 East-West Shrine Bowl “Breakout Defensive Player” of the Week (Nov. 14), and earned a spot on the 2022 East-West Shrine Bowl 1000 preseason list.

NFL Analyst Lance Zierlein discussed Boykin’s game by stating, “linear cornerback with the size and length to disrupt the catch point, but he lacks the athletic fluidity and short-area twitch to get there on time. Boykin will struggle to stay connected with NFL route runners as a man defender and lacks the desired long speed to prevent burners from flying by him. He’ll need to play in a zone-based cover scheme and has the physical traits that could have teams trying him as a safety.”

Boykin had 58 tackles, 10 pass breakups, and two interceptions in 2022.

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