Cincinnati offensive line coach Paul Alexander put Indiana offensive tackle Rodger Saffold through an intense workout during the Hoosiers' Pro Day Friday. Some throughout the league are taking it as a sign the Bengals are very high on Saffold and potentially likely to draft him.
Coaches traveling to Pro Days to work out players is hardly a newsbreaking event, but the Bengals, perhaps because they have the smallest scouting staff in the NFL, tend to rely heavily on the opinions of their coaches on draft day.
It was Paul Alexander, sources tell me, that supplied the primary argument for the team selecting Andre Smith with the sixth pick of the draft last year.
I was told of his preference before the draft, which is why I correctly predicted the Bengals would select the enigmatic blocker.
Saffold, according to sources, was very impressive in the workout.
Saffold impressed scouts throughout the season, but really stepped up his play during the week of practice at the East-West Shrine Game. I believe he would have been the best tackle at the Senior Bowl, had he been invited to Mobile.