Bengals sending coaches to key OL prospect pro days, highlighted by Rashawn Slater

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The 2021 NFL draft continues to lurk in the background while the focus is on free agency, a detail the Cincinnati Bengals certainly aren’t overlooking.

Those Bengals have been busy over the last week or so, making a point to send offensive line coaches to Rashawn Slater’s pro day, according to Jim Nagy of the Senior Bowl. According to Eric Edholm of Yahoo Sports, the Bengals also had a line coach at Quinn Meinerz’s pro day.

Slater is the massive name, of course, as the Northwestern star is easily the second-best offensive lineman available in the draft — and some would argue he’s the first.

That’s important because while the Bengals might prefer Penei Sewell, they will need a fallback plan if the Oregon star comes off the board before fifth overall. Likewise, should they trade down.

Meinerz is more of a lesser-known prospect out of Wisconsin–Whitewater, but it just goes to show how all-encompassing Cincinnati’s search for offensive line help will be.

And this could be especially important after the Bengals gambled and didn’t use a tag on either Carl Lawson or William Jackson in the hopes of spending big in free agency.

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Under-the-radar targets for the Bengals in 2021 NFL free agency