NFL.com has an article posted by draft guru and long-time personnel evaluator Gil Brandt regarding the University of Nebraska’s pro day and DB Prince Amukamara.
Bengals DB coach Kevin Coyle was on hand for the workouts, and according to Brandt, this indicates the Bengals have heavy interest in Amukamara:
the fact that Coyle was present at Nebraska’s pro day held Thursday must mean only one thing: They have their eyes on CB Prince Amukamara.
Brandt likes the 6? 1/2? , 205 pounder. Here’s some of what he had to say:
The good thing about him is that he can play press coverage and off coverage, which makes him ready for the NFL. He’s not afraid to tackle, either.
With Johnathan Joseph a pending free agent, Leon Hall entering the last year of his rookie deal, and back-ups Adam Jones, Brandon Ghee, and Morgan Trent coming off season-ending injuries, the Bengals are smart to be shopping for corners.
This comes on the heels of news that Mike Zimmer was present at the Texas A&M pro day scouting top-10 linebacker Von Miller.
Up until now, conventional wisdom has suggested that the team will go offense with their first round pick (4th overall), with Cam Newton and A.J. Green heading the pack of potentials. However, it may serve the team’s long term interests better to re-load their defense–especially if their intent is to go to a more run-oriented attack.