The big names at Cincinnati’s pro day (March 10) — QB Tony Pike (6-foot-5 7/8, 222 pounds) and WR Mardy Gilyard (5-11 5/8, 184) — played in the Senior Bowl, worked out at the NFL Scouting Combine and already have established credentials. While each looked good in position drills that were run by Bengals wide receivers coach Mike Sheppard, it was Brad Jones that really used the opportunity to vault himself into draft consideration.
The 6-foot 3/4-inch, 192-pound cornerback had an outstanding workout. He was not at the combine and is not one of the elite prospects, but he tested out so well athletically, that he may find his name is called at some point in the draft. At the very least, his performance will force scouts to give his college game tape another look.
He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.53 and 4.54 seconds, had a 39-inch vertical leap, a 10-5 broad jump, a 4.28-second short shuttle and a 6.78-second three-cone drill.
Among the 14 players that worked out for the 26 team representatives in attendance (including coaches from Carolina and Cincinnati), the following were the most noteworthy:
Pike stood on everything from the combine and did quarterback drills.
Gilyard ran 4.52 and 4.55 in the 40, had a 38 1/2-inch vertical jump, a 4.14 short shuttle and a 6.78 three-cone drill.
DE Alex Daniels (6-2 1/4, 265) ran 4.73 in the 40, had a 36 1/2-inch vertical jump, a 10-9 broad jump, a 4.51 short shuttle, a 7.09 three-cone drill and did 31 bench press repetitions at 225 pounds.
S Aaron Webster (6-1 1/2, 206) ran 4.64 and 4.65 in the 40, had a 32 1/2-inch vertical jump, a 10-3 broad jump, a 4.60 short shuttle, a 7.18 three-cone drill and did 21 bench press reps.
— Gil Brandt