You won’t find many football teams other than the Cincinnati Bengals sporting tiger stripes on their helmets and jerseys, but the Memphis Tigers rock them in blue and gray.
Thursday was Memphis’ pro day as the program held practices for NFL prospects Dylan Parham and Calvin Austin III. The Bengals, along with every other NFL team, were in attendance.
It’s interesting to wonder if the Bengals are seriously interested in selecting either player in the NFL Draft next month. Parham is a rising inside offensive lineman who has attracted several offensive line coaches and appears to have positional versatility. The Bengals could easily invest in another guard or center in the draft despite signing a starter in each position, and Parham wouldn’t cost a first-round pick.
Austin is an intriguing player in his own right. He threw a 4.32 40-yard sprint at the NFL Combine a few weeks ago, and players usually get drafted with moments like that. Speed is a trait the Bengals could use more on offense, even with Ja’Marr Chase in the fold. Austin would surely provide some with a late round pick.
The defense is expected to be the headliner in the Bengals’ next draft class, but don’t rule out the offensive line or receiver when it comes to later picks. Parham and Austin could definitely be in play.