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Per Pro Football Focus' Jeff Dooley, Cincinnati junior QB Gunner Kiel "appears poised for a huge season in 2016."

"Kiel is reportedly going to have to win back his starting job after he missed the Bearcats’ bowl game last year for undisclosed personal reasons, but based on how he played in 2015, it’s safe to bet he’ll be able to do so," Dooley wrote. Kiel posted the No. 8 PFF passing grade among returning quarterbacks last year, finishing with a nearly identical mark to Clemson’s Deshaun Watson despite only playing roughly half the snaps. The 6-foot-4, 208-pound Kiel ranked No. 17 in adjusted completion percentage on passes thrown 20-plus yards downfield last year.
Jun 20 - 5:32 PM

Cincinnati president Santa Ono stepped down to become the president of the University of British Columbia.

Ono was born in Vancouver, so this isn't exactly a step into unknown territory. The 53-year-old had served as Cincinnati's president since October of 2012. His new gig up north is set to begin on August 15. In a statement, HC Tommy Tuberville sounded out after the announcement, saying, "We wish him the best, obviously. He did a great job here. I enjoyed working for him."
Jun 13 - 1:42 PM

Ohio State redshirt freshman T Grant Schmidt transferred to Cincinnati.

Doff of the cap to cincinnati.com's Tom Groeschen for the news of Schmidt's transfer. The 6-foot-6, 285-pound tackle -- a four-star recruit from the 2015 Buckeye class -- will be sidelined by transfer regulations for the coming season, but will have three years of eligibility remaining starting in 2017.
May 24 - 3:36 PM

Ohio State redshirt freshman T Grant Schmidt will transfer.

No word as of yet where might Schmidt might transfer. If the 6-foot-6, 285-pounder opts to stay at the FBS level, he will be forced to sit out a year per NCAA rules. Schmidt was a member of the 2015 recruiting class and hails from the football mecca of South Dakota. Rivals ranked the four-star recruit as the 20th best tackle in the 2015 class.
May 15 - 12:17 PM

Raiders sign Cincinnati WR Johnny Holton.

Holton (6'1/190) spent two years as a Bearcat after transferring from JUCO, playing special teams and earning sub-package work at wideout. He finished his career with a 46-892-10 (19.4 YPR) receiving line and pedestrian 20.9 yards per kickoff return. Holton's lack of college dominance combined with his average athleticism -- 4.54 forty, 31 1/2-inch vertical -- make him an NFL long shot barring Pro Bowl-level gunner production.
May 3 - 10:54 PM

Colts signed Cincinnati WR Mekale McKay.

McKay (6'4/207) spent three seasons at Cincinnati after transferring from Arkansas, finishing his Bearcats career with 87 catches for 1,717 yards (19.7 YPR) and 17 touchdowns. He showed good-not-great athleticism at the Combine, running 4.55 with a 35-inch vertical and 10-foot-3 broad jump. McKay struggled with drops in college and lacks crispness in his routes, but has some field-stretching tools. He reminds a bit of Raiders WR Andre Holmes.
May 2 - 5:42 PM

Ravens selected Cincinnati WR Chris Moore with the No. 107 overall pick of the 2016 draft.

Moore (6'1/206) was a three-year starter at Cincinnati, recording 119 catches for 2,301 yards (19.3 YPR) and 26 TDs. He ranked second in the American Athletic Conference in yards per reception (21.1) as a senior. Moore's long arms (33 3/8") create a wide catching radius, and he showed plus athleticism in Indy with a 4.53 forty, 37-inch vertical, and 10-foot-10 broad jump. A natural tracker of the ball in flight, Moore's drawbacks are his hip stiffness and tendency to body catch. He's a pure vertical receiver who doesn't necessarily offer enough deep speed to win vertically in the pros. Moore would do well to earn a steady third receiver job.
Apr 30 - 12:40 PM

Chiefs selected Cincinnati OG Parker Ehinger with the No. 105 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Ehinger (6'6/310) started all four seasons, manning right tackle as a freshman, right guard as a sophomore and junior and left tackle as a senior. He earned first-team All-American Conference in each of his final two college seasons. Ehinger has an offensive tackle's body, but guard arm length (32 3/8") and movement skills. And he doesn't run block well enough to man the interior. His ceiling is probably a versatile guard-tackle reserve.
Apr 30 - 12:36 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah sees Cincinnati WR Chris Moore as a nice fit for the Rams in the fourth round.

Jeremiah and fellow Move the Sticks podcast friend Bucky Brooks have been breaking down potential draft pairings over the last month-plus. The Rams offer a weird one. Entering the last week, they held a pair of second-round picks and a third-rounder. They no longer have any of those, having shifted them over to the Titans in exchange for the No. 1 pick. Thus, we'll see a gargantuan draft break for Los Angeles between No. 1 in the first round-- Jeremiah likes Carson Wentz as a fit there -- and No. 110 in the fourth round. Pick No. 110 could be their spot for Moore, whom Jeremiah calls "a physical WR who can really stretch the field" and "a big play waiting to happen." He could potentially be a Day 2 pick, though, and if the Rams stay put with their draft position, Day 2 will not be a thing for them. All-day stop at Portillo's on April 29?
Source: NFL.com
Apr 17 - 7:21 PM

The Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson relays that Cincinnati CB Leviticus Payne has been invited to the local prospect days of the Detroit Lions and Cincinnati Bengals.

The Lions and Bengals will hold their local prospect days this week. Payne is relieved to have received the invites, saying, "It’s almost like a dream come true, but a dream I haven’t reached yet. I’m still working toward it. I’m very thankful for the opportunity to work out for them." The 5-foot-7, 196-pounder also referred to the pre-draft process as "stressful." No argument from us on that front. In 2015, Payne recorded 42 tackles (3.5 for loss) and a forced fumble. His size should be considered a major concern for draftability.
Apr 17 - 1:32 PM

Draft insider Tony Pauline reports NFL teams are more optimistic about Cincinnati WR Chris Moore's projection than media evaluators.

Pauline notes many scouts view Moore as a fourth round talent, while others say late second day. Fourth round grades frequently are selected in round five and six, as boards vary across the league. Moore was more of a vertical receiver with the Bearcats, frequently targeted 20-plus yards downfield in the middle portions of coverage.
Apr 11 - 10:33 AM

Cincinnati WR Shaq Washington injured his hamstring on his initial 40-yard dash attempt and was unable to participate in the rest of his pro day testing.

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reported that Washington, along with Cincy receiver teammates Chris Moore, Johnny Holton and Mekale Mckay, "are drawing a lot of interest" from the NFL. The 5-foot-9, 174-pound Washington was a Second team All-American Athletic Conference selection last year after posting 88 receptions for 971 yards and six touchdowns.
Mar 16 - 3:45 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that NFL scouts were "very impressed" with Cincinnati edge rusher Silverberry Mouhon's "quickness, first-step and acceleration" at his pro day earlier this week.

Mouhon worked out at as both a defensive lineman and an outside linebacker. The 6-foot-4, 248-pounder completed 27 reps on the bench with a 31-inch vertical jump and a forty in the 4.8s.
Mar 16 - 2:55 PM

Per TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline, Cincinnati WR Johnny Holton has meetings scheduled with the Detroit Lions, Carolina Panthers and San Francisco 49ers.

Holton was excited to get on the track during his pro day after suffering a Grade 4 hamstring strain at the Combine. Despite running with a bum hamstring in Indy, he posted a 40 time of 4.54 seconds. On Monday, he was clocked in the low 4.4s. Holton added a vertical jump of 36.5 inches and a broad jump of 10-foot-4. Pauline added a tidbit at the end almost as an aside, but it's an interesting draftnik piece of info to file away for later: The Kansas City Chiefs put Holton through defensive back drills after the rest of his day was done on Monday. The 6-foot-2, 191-pounder would provide tremendous size at that position.
Mar 16 - 1:50 PM

Cincinnati WR Chris Moore met with the San Diego Chargers on Sunday.

Moore elected not to participate in his pro day testing and instead stand on his combine numbers. Not surprising, that, as the 6-foot-2, 190-pounder ran the 40-yard dash in 4.53 seconds in Indy. He also showed nifty athleticism with a 130-inch broad jump and a spiffy 6.76 seconds in the three-cone drill.
Mar 16 - 12:46 PM


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