No one from Cincinnati was at the NFL Scouting Combine, but a few of the performances at the school’s pro day Thursday really stood out.
The best performance of the day was by tight end Blake Annen (6-foot-4 1/8, 247 pounds), who posted two very good times in the 40: a 4.41 and a 4.42. He also had a 34-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot broad jump. He ran the short shuttle in 4.30 seconds and the 3-cone drill in 7.19, and he threw the bar up 25 times. He had a very strong workout, both running and catching the ball.
Fifteen teams attended Cincinnati’s pro day, and 16 players worked out — 14 from Cincinnati and two from other schools. Below are two other Cincinnati players who impressed me:
Brendon Kay, QB: Kay (6-3 1/4, 226 pounds) ran the 40 in 4.64 and 4.63 seconds. He had a 34-inch vertical and a 10-foot, 1-inch broad jump. He ran the short shuttle in 4.25 seconds and the 3-cone drill in 6.99. He tested really well but lacked accuracy in his passing drills. Still, I think he’ll be brought in to someone’s camp as a free agent.
Sam Longo, OL: Longo injured his ankle and will work out April 2, and you can bet that teams will keep a close eye on that workout after he posted 47 reps in the bench press Thursday. He is 6-4 5/8, 304 pounds, and has 33 1/4-inch arms and 10 1/8-inch hands. Longo’s combination of size and strength will draw a lot of attention.