We had previously pointed out that the Cincinnati Bengals watched the Kansas State Pro Day on Tuesday (March 10) and were one of 15 teams to attend. According to NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt, Bengals wide receivers coach James Urban and special teams coach Darrin Simmons were in attendance.
It would seem within reason that the Bengals are scouting wide receiver Tyler Lockett, who shows speed (which Hue Jackson covets) and ability as a returner (which Darrin Simmons covets). Per Brandt:
Wide receiver Tyler Lockett (5-foot-11, 181 pounds) stood on his combine numbers but put in a great workout. He's very fast with excellent quickness, and is also a talented kick returner. I believe he'll be a second-round pick.
"Highly competitive with a history of production at Kansas State," says Lockett's draft page. "Utilizes great routes and suddenness out of his breaks to get consistent separation. Lockett is a film rat who can come in and compete for a slot receiver spot right away and should be an NFL punt returner."
In his final two seasons combined with Kansas State, Lockett secured 187 receptions, 2,777 yards receiving and 22 touchdowns. In addition to that, Lockett returned 21 punts for 402 yards (19.1 average) and scored two touchdowns during his senior season.
Wide receiver Curry Sexton, who also worked out at Kansas State's pro day, generated 79 receptions last season for 1,059 yards receiving and five scores.