Bengals Banter: Marvin Lewis Talks Draft. Tank Carradine may Miss Start of Season


March 19, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis answers questions from reporters during the annual NFL meetings at the Arizona Biltmore. Mandatory Credit: Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

Speaking to the media Saturday, Bengals Head Coach Marvin Lewis talked about what he, his coaches and scouts are looking for in prospects leading up to this Thursday’s NFL Draft:

"If you’re an area scout and road scout, you understand that we’re not taking a little muscled up strong safety. That guy doesn’t fit for me. We want corners that can cover, safeties that can cover. We want people to pressure the football on defense.On offense we want guys that can bend their knees and be playmakers, and offensive linemen have to be able to move and stay on their feet, but they’ve got to have some mass to them to be able to block the guys we have to block in our division. Our tight ends have to be that way, too, because of the people we have to block and protect against in our division. We know what we’re up against week in and week out. A little narrow-butted guy is not going to help us on offense in this division. We’ve got to have guys that have mass in their butt, bend their knees with big backs and big shoulders and have some strength to them."

The Bengals were one of 11 teams to watch Florida State defensive end Cornellius Carradine’s personal Pro Day on Saturday, and Rob Rang of CBS Sports learned that NFL teams will probably keep  Carradine from participating fully until training camp or later.

By the time training camp would begin, he’d be only eight months removed from tearing his ACL, and team would need to bring him along slowly to avoid a re-tear of the knee ligament. This means that whoever drafts him needs to be prepared to have him start the 2013 season on the PUP list, making him ineligible for the first 6 weeks. Rang also reported that Carradine’s forty-time was actually a 4.93, not the 4.75 reported Saturday.

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