Dave Richard of CBS Sports believes Arkansas’ Tyler Wilson has been the top quarterback during practices this week, and with a week QB crop this year, he could easily be hearing his name called in the first-round of the NFL Draft:
As far as developmental QBs the Bengals are likely scouting, he wasn’t quite as high on Florida State;s E.J. Manuel or Miami, Ohio’s Zac Dysert:
E.J. Manuel, Florida State. Between some issues with his throwing style and his decision making, Manuel’s weaknesses outweigh his potential. The guy is a beast of a quarterback with tremendous athleticism. He also has a strong arm and can push the ball downfield but he was iffy in drills all week. He’s not close to being a starter in the NFL and his drafting will be done by a team that thinks they can mold him into a major threat.
Zac Dysert, Miami (OH). While he has good size, his arm has been the most inconsistent of any player here. Of all the quarterbacks he’s the one who has made the least amount of impressive throws during the week. He’s not consistent throwing downfield which makes him a liability at the next level. The feeling here is that teams would rather try and develop one of the other quarterbacks listed above before Dysert.
As far as who the Bengals have been in direct contact with, USC safety T.J. McDonald was the only prospect they showed reported interest today:
Bengals rep talked to TJ McDonald after practice
— Shane P. Hallam (@ShanePHallam) January 23, 2013
McDonald is known more as a physical safety who thrives when lined up in the box, but is often too slow reacting to receivers and gets burned in coverage too often to come in and be a starter his rookie year.