Senior Bowl week is here, and coaches from around the NFL are descending on Mobile, Alabama to see some of the best college football senior talent from this past year.
We use the word “some”, because some of the higher-rated prospects who were planning to play in this game are dropping out now that they’ve learned their draft stock is high and they don’t want to risk hurting it with a bad showing this week.
Most of the players who have dropped out are players with a first or second-round grade, and several of them could be targets for the Cincinnati Bengals.
Michigan State CB Darqueze Dennard, Oklahoma State CB Justin Gilbert, Ohio State RB Carlos Hyde, Florida State S Lamarcus Joyner, Buffalo LB Khalil Mack, Texas A&M OT Jake Matthews, Alabama QB A.J. McCarron, Alabama LB C.J. Mosley and Stanford LB Shane Skov are all healthy scratches from the game.
Everyone other than McCarron and Hyde are projected as a firs rt-round pick by most scouting services.
With a need at cornerback, the Bengals would have loved to see Dennard and Gilbert in action, as they figure to be locks for the first-round at this point.