There's always a spot for a guy with a big frame who can run, though, and if concerns about his consistency and physicality drop him on some draft boards, well, that's often when the Bengals are happy to strike a little later in the draft.
Heath Harding, Miami University cornerback
The Dayton Christian product’s measurables (5-foot-10, 188 lbs.) probably will mean he has to wait a while to hear his name called in the draft, but Harding's college production and demeanor make him a classic sleeper prospect.
He could spend a long time in the league as a solid defensive back and special teamer at worst.
Harding is also regarded as a great locker room presence who was known as "The Mayor" in Oxford.
Tegray Scales, Indiana linebacker
Cincinnati Colerain High School graduate might be a little small to play inside in the NFL (6-0, 230), but he showed great football sense while making an immediate impact in Bloomington.
Scales jumps off the screen when you watch the Hoosiers, and his statistical production is hard to ignore (46 career tackles for loss, 17 sacks, eight interceptions).
The smasher of Big Ten records projects as a great long-term backup because he is is an intelligent, hard worker who will do everything a coach asks of him.
His passing accuracy waned after his freshman year, but one has to wonder if playing in a different offense and getting to concentrate solely on football will make him a more consistent decision maker and passer.
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Malik Zaire, Notre Dame/Florida quarterback
What might have been for this four-star recruit from Alter High School?
He looked like a difference-maker both in terms of talent and leadership at Notre Dame, but a broken ankle ended what was to be his first season as a starter in South Bend. After DeShone Kizer got most of the playing time at QB the following season, Zaire transferred to Florida for his senior season only to find a mess in Gainesville, where playing time was sparse and the head coach was eventually fired.
The left-hander is unlikely to be drafted, but he could get a preseason camp invite if a team wants to see what potential might still be there to unlock.
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