Representatives from the Cincinnati Bengals were on hand at the Rutgers University Pro Day, a team which the Bengals tapped twice in the third round in recent drafts for Mohamed Sanu (2012) and Tyler Kroft (2015).
Perhaps the biggest name of the group of Scarlet Knight players was wide receiver Leonte Carroo, but he didn't participate in any drills. Carroo will be having a Pro Day of his own later in the month. Linebacker Quentin Gause and running back Savon Huggins were two other big names who did perform at the Pro Day. Huggins actually transferred out of Rutgers to Northern Iowa, but was welcomed back for the workout.
The running back did well in drills, running a 4.56 40-yard dash and a 10'3" broad jump. Gause ran a 4.75 40-yard dash and led all players with 23 bench press reps. Gause was one of the Scarlet Knights' best defensive players and projects to be a mid-to-late round pick. Interestingly, the Bengals did meet with him individually after the Pro Day was over.
Fellow linebacker Steve Longa also worked out and had a poor showing at the Combine, but improved his stock at the Pro Day. Longa looks to be a day two or three guy at the Draft, and he improved his 40-time from 4.78 at the Combine to 4.68 on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, to the west of New Jersey, the Bengals also had representation at Northwestern's Pro Day, per Gil Brandt of NFL.com (all teams were present). Eight prospects were on display at the event, along with a glut of other local smaller-school players, one of whom was Ferris State's Jason Vanderlaan, who was put through both quarterback and tight end drills.
The three most notable prospects from Northwestern are fullback Dan Vitale, defensive end Dean Lowry and wide receiver Miles Shuler. All three were impressive, particularly Shuler, who ran a 4.4 second 40-yard dash on both of his attempts. And while Vitale is the traditional stocky fullback, he reportedly fared well in receiving drills.
Lowry is an interesting player, as he is listed as an end, but weighs in at 295 pounds. He might be best suited for a team that employs a 3-4 defense, but the Bengals drafted a similar player, in terms of size, last year in Marcus Hardison. Lowry had three sacks and 13.5 tackles for loss in 2015 for the Wildcats.