The Cincinnati Bengals coaches aren't coaching in the Senior Bowl this year, but like other NFL coaches, they've taken up residence in Mobile, AL this week to take a look at the senior prospects available in this year's NFL Draft. Besides the NFL scouting combine, the Senior Bowl is the best opportunity annually for coaches to get "up close and personal" with prospects, watching them practice and conducting interviews.
Sports Illustrated's Tony Pauline is also in Mobile watching the week's activities. He reported on some players who worked their way up the draft board and some who might have hurt themselves with yesterday's first practice. Among those of interest to the Bengals are these:
CB Alfonzo Dennard: Projected in some mock drafts as the Bengals choice at CB in the first round, Dennard didn't have such a great day. His footwork was sloppy, particularly in transitioning into downfield coverage.
RB Isaiah Pead: The UC standout was a hit in practice yesterday. Pauline called Pead "the most elusive and creative" back he saw yesterday. He was particularly impressed with Pead's ability to cut back and his ability to accelerate.
WR Devier Posey: Posey is a LaSalle High School graduate coming out of Ohio State after missing half the season due to suspension in the "Tatgate" scandal at OSU. According to reports, he looked anything but a player who missed half the season. Posey would be an interesting option at the number two slot, lining up opposite AJ Green.
G Senio Kelemete: The University of Washington big man played his way into the picture at guard yesterday, stonewalling some impressive senior pass rushers. As the Bengals look to strengthen their offensive line, finding a diamond in the rough like Kelemete might be pivotal in their draft strategy.
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