Special Teams Coach Darrin Simmons spent the past week in Indianapolis at the scouting combine to get a good look at this year’s crop of draft prospects, and in his opinion, this will be a a deep draft with no real “elite” players:
"A lot of good players, but no one really stood out at their position like a sore thumb like some years. (Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner) ran well, but he needs surgery. (Texas safety Kenny) Vaccaro didn’t run the way he wanted, I’m sure. There are no big wide receivers like A.J. Green or Julio Jones; not yet anyway."
Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer believes the Bengals will work out a multi-year deal for restricted free agent Andrew Hawkins:
"Exclusive rights would mean the team would tender him one year for $555,000 but judging by the gains he has made the past two seasons, Hawkins should receive a multi-year deal with some guaranteed money via a roster bonus."
As the Bengals’ primary slot receiver, Baby-Hawk ranked third on team in receptions (51) and receiving yards (533). Expect to see him in stripes again next season.