The Cincinnati Bengals are scheduled to visit with Arizona State offensive guard Jamil Douglas, the prospect told reporters during his Pro Day on Friday. Douglas also named the Arizona Cardinals and Detroit Lions as teams that he's scheduled visits with, claiming that two others have already been set up (without naming those teams). With someone like Bengals offensive line coach Paul Alexander, who covets versatility, strength and athleticism with his lineman, there's obvious interest. And Douglas recognizes the need for versatility.
"They (NFL teams) want a guy that's versatile so being a guy who can play both positions is only going to help me out even more," Douglas said via SB Nation's website House of Sparky. "I think I showed coaches that I'm a strong guy, an explosive guy that can play at all different positions on the offensive line."
Douglas earned first-team All-Pac 12 honors in 2014 as an offensive tackle, following up a campaign in 2013 where he was named to the second-team All-Pac 12 as an offensive guard.
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Where he excelled: Showing his versatility was most important, especially in the NFL, where teams expect their offensive linemen to be capable of filling in a multiple positions because of roster-size limitations. "Versatility, athleticism, show them how explosive I can be," Douglas said.
What's his stock looking like: A projected middle- to late-round selection, Douglas expects that he will ultimately be positioned at guard. He's gained about 10 pounds since the season. "You know, up-tempo offense, you can't really get too heavy in Coach (Todd) Graham's offense," he said. "To be honest, around 315, I think I would be good around there."
"He's got to get tougher and stronger. Everyone sees things differently so maybe another team will be sold on his athleticism, but I gave him a late grade based on what we want from our guards," an AFC west scout told NFL.com.
All 32 teams, including the Cincinnati Bengals, attended Arizona State's Pro Day Friday. In addition to Douglas, wide receiver Jaelen Strong participated and reportedly submitted a strong performance.
"Strong went through a 56-play scripted positional workout, which was run by San Diego Chargers wide receivers coach Fred Graves," writes NFL senior writer Gil Brandt. "Strong did an exceptional job in the workout, catching everything thrown his way."
Other notable prospects include defensive end Marcus Hardison and safety Damarious Randall.