While speculation regarding Cincinnati’s intentions for a quarterback in April’s draft has primarily revolved around Auburn’s Cam Newton, the team is quietly exploring other options. Other quarterbacks such as FSU’s Christian Ponder, Missouri’s Blaine Gabbert, and Arkansas’ Ryan Mallet have gotten endorsements by many team observers, with Washington’s Jake Locker and Nevada’s Colin Kaepernick also drawing some praise.
But the guy the team might most have its eye on isn’t on that list: TCU’s Andy Dalton.
It was reported last week that new offensive coordinator Jay Gruden was in attendance at TCU’s pro day, in which Dalton turned in a superlative performance.
NFL Guru Gil Brandt, who watched the workout, indicated that Dalton threw about 50 passes without any being uncatchable. Brandt wrote that the 6-2 ¼, 210 pounder, “is athletic and throws with great velocity.” Sounds good after watching Palmer’s errant floaters, doesn’t it?
Presumably as a result of his fine work in Fort Worth, it was reported afterwards that Dalton would be coming to PBS as one of the team’s 30 sanctioned pre-draft visits. The Bengals typically keep these visits under the radar as visiting the team tends to indicate a serious interest.
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