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Marvin Lewis attends Oklahoma Sooners Pro Day

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ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 02: Orlando Brown
ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 02: Orlando Brown /
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The Cincinnati Bengals were in attendance for the Oklahoma Pro Day featuring Baker Mayfield and Orlando Brown.

Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis was in attendance at the Oklahoma Sooners Pro Day on Wednesday to scout prospects including offensive tackle Orlando Brown. There were notable first and second-day draft prospects performing including quarterback Baker Mayfield but it’s likely the Bengals were looking at Brown as a possible pick.

Brown was a high prospect on numerous draft boards before the NFL Combine but after one of the worst performances in recent memory, he found himself falling. Prior to the Combine, Brown was likely to find himself being drafted in the first round but with his poor performance could find himself not being drafted till the third round or later.

Redeeming himself at his Pro Day on Wednesday testing higher in multiple workouts including the 40-yard dash. He also improved in the broad jump from 82 inches to 89 inches, verticle jump from 19 inches to 25.5 inches, and 14 bench press reps to 18 reps at 225 pounds. NFL teams will still avoid Brown in the first round wanting an offensive lineman putting up more than 18 reps.

Mayfield defended Brown when being asked about the tackles Combine performance and comments from Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger by saying,

“When are you going to watch Orlando Brown run 40 yards down the field?” Mayfield said. “Never. Look at his film. He gave up zero sacks last year.”

The Bengals recently trading for offensive tackle Cordy Glenn from the Buffalo Bills should not stop the team from looking at Brown. When looking at Brown’s tape he was rated a first round pick and while the Combine showing dropped him down boards, he would make a great pickup in the mid-rounds.

Another player to keep an eye on from Oklahoma’s Pro Day would be linebacker Ogbonnia Okoronkwo. In 2017, Okoronkwo posted 76 tackles, 17.5 for loss leading the team and eight sacks. He also brought in 2 pass deflections and 3 forced fumbles. The Bengals still need help at the linebacker position outside of Vontaze Burfict and Okoronkwo could be a great day three pick.

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NFL Draft Profile: Ogbonnia Okoronkwo

His versatility could bring help in more than one place in the Cincinnati defense. His ability to rush the passer off the edge could be a possibility for the Bengals as well. After losing Chris Smith to the Browns, the Bengals could use more depth along their defensive line. This pick could help out both areas.

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