The Cincinnati Bengals were one of 22 NFL teams that attended Tennessee-Chattanooga's pro day on Monday. According to NFL senior analyst Gil Brandt, "a linebackers coach from the Cincinnati Bengals" was on hand to watch Davis Tull, an outside linebacker who earned three Southern Conference defensive player of the year awards, was named to three first-team all-American squads and finished his career as the Southern Conference's all-time sack leader (37).
NOTE: The Bengals only have one linebackers coach in Matt Burke and an assistant in David Lippincott, as well as other defensive assistants like Marcus Lewis, the son of head coach Marvin Lewis.
Tull's jumps at the combine made him an intriguing prospect. Tull had the top vertical jump (42 1/2 inches) among all front-seven defenders at the combine, and the second-best broad jump (11 feet) among front-seven defenders at the combine.
Tull ran the 40 just once due to a bad hamstring, but ran it in 4.57 seconds. Tull is a very good athlete and looked good working out in his positional drills.
Tull will soon go under the knife to repair the labrum in his right shoulder. Recovery could take four months.
"I hope to show the NFL that I am one of the best athletes in this draft," Tull told Fox Sports prior to the NFL Combine. "The numbers show that I am a good football player and understand how to make plays but I want to show that I also am an NFL caliber athlete. The NFL combine offers me the opportunity to do that and I am planning on taking full advantage of that exposure I may have missed out on at an FCS school."
"I hope to surprise people this week with my overall athleticism and show the ability to make the conversion from defensive end to linebacker if need be. I also am looking forward to getting to know people and showing off the intangibles that make me a good football player."