Wolfe and Schaffer among Bearcats interviewed at Pro Day

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It's a combination cattle-call/job fair that occurs every year at the University of Cincinnati. They call it "Pro Day".

Years ago, a handful of scout would show up at the Armory Fieldhouse and work out a five or six Bearcats and go home.  Some would get camp invites, some would get lip service.

Every now and then something odd would happen like basketball player Rod Monroe using his 6-4 height and seemingly endless wingspan to haul down a high football, pivot, bounce it perfectly on the surface and dunk it into a basket that was in the way.

Rod and his two career catches as a Bearcat was a seventh-round NFL draft pick and played in a Super Bowl for the Falcons.

Now, Pro Day is held in the spacious, climate-controlled Sheakley Athletic Center on a regulation-size field. 28 of the 32 NFL teams were represented March 1.

As the voice in the cornfield said, "If you build it, they will come."

I'm sure this has been rehashed in other areas, but my impression was Isaiah Pead was the "darling" of the group with 4.47 combine 40 and his impressive Senior Bowl.  Bengals running back coach Jim Anderson spent a lot of time with the Pead family.

Zach Collaros also looked good to me throwing the ball.  He threw some precision deep balls and benefited by having former teammates Armon Binns and Vidal Hazelton back to help catch them.

Again, Zach will be knocked for his height, but he's roughly the size of Drew Brees who's had a relatively good run around the six-foot mark.

Derek Wolfe also did his share of interviews after measuring out with the biggest hands there (10 3/4) and pounding out 33 reps on the bench press.

Here's Wolfe in a drill with Bengals defensive line coach Jay Hayes:

Also turning some heads was tight end Adrien Robinson who ran a 4.51 40. That time would've been third best at the NFL Combine.

Finally, despite a hamstring issue that kept him from running, linebacker JK Schaffer cranked out 26 reps on the bench press and probably as many interviews as he worked the crowd like he was running for office this November.

For what it's worth, I think JK is a sleeper. Whatever camp gets him will get a relentless, blue-collar worker who seemingly is in on every play.  From covering NFL drafts and college football for 25-plus years I can tell you what is often ignored is, "Can they play football?"

JK Schaffer has represented the La Salle Lancers, UC Bearcats and certainly can.

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