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Cincinnati Bengals Draft Targets Performing Well at NFL Combine

February 26th, 2012 at 3:51 PM
By Chuck Chapman

Potential draft targets for the Cincinnati Bengals are performing quite well this weekend at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. While these isolated drills have to be taken for what they're worth, they show that the players the team has targeted because of their appearance on game film have a good amount of athletic ability to go along with it.

Offensive linemen:

The two main targets for the Bengals are Stanford G David DeCastro and Georgia G/T prospect Cordy Glenn. Both performed well on the bench press with DeCastro performing 34 reps and Glenn pushing the bar up 31 times. That puts them in the top ten as of today in overall bench press performance. Also impressing and perhaps putting himself on the Bengals' radar were Wisconsin guard Kevin Zeitler and Iowa State T Kelechi Osemele. Both DeCastro and Glenn performed well in agility drills as well, a good sign for a prospect in Jay Gruden's offense which loves to utilize pulling guards.

Running backs:

Alabama's Trent Richardson didn't run at the combine due to having his knee scoped. He is unanimously considered the top back in the draft. Some consider him the best prospect since Adrian Peterson came out of Oklahoma, prompting some thought about the Bengals trading up to acquire him. He'll most definitely be gone before the Bengals pick at 17.

If the Bengals don't get Richardson, it's possible that they might use their other first round pick to take a running back. Washington's Chris Polk has rebounded from a poor Senior Bowl performance, turning in a 4.57 40 time. He and David Wilson, who ran a 4.49 are considered late first round prospects. The team also really likes Boise State's Doug Martin who ran a 4.55 and represents the more versatile type of back Jay Gruden is looking for. Martin also impressed in the bench press, tying for first among running backs with 28 reps. Cincinnati's Isaiah Pead, the Senior Bowl MVP, ran a 4.47, putting him in the top five of all running backs.

Wide Receivers:

The Bengals will no doubt be looking in later rounds to find a complement to AJ Green. Georgia Tech's Stephen Hill got the attention of all the scouts today, posting a 4.36 40 yard dash. At 6'2" and that speed, he just moved up the charts and will no doubt have a full house in Atlanta when he does his pro day. He also showed off a nearly 40 inch vertical and a broad jump of over 11 feet. He's flown under the radar playing in Tech's option offense, but remember that Calvin Johnson came from Georgia Tech as well.

Miami's Travis Benjamin also ran a 4.36, confirming his blazing speed. His question to be answered remains route running. Arkansas' Jarius Wright also showed a combination of speed and leaping ability that caught the scouts' eyes. 

Defensive players will work out on Monday and Tuesday.


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