A look at CFAs; List of try-out players

DE RYAN BROWN  6-6 267 Mississippi State

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Good size and length. . . Plays long. . . Known for his work vs. the run . . . good measurables … two-year starter who played in 45 games with 25 starts, 12 of them this past season … Played through a stress fracture in his right foot the final five games of his career and underwent surgery in early December … Recorded 106 tackles, including 10.5 for loss and 7.5 sacks ... Two-time member of SEC Academic Honor Roll . . . HOMETOWN: New Orleans, LA . .. BORN: 6/10/94

RB TRA CARSON  5-11 227 Texas A&M

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In the mold of classic big Bengals back . . . Not a burner, but nimble for his size . . . Good hands and presents himself well on check-downs and screens . . . Likes to block . . . Averaged 4.8 yards per carry in 2015 en route to 1,165 yards. . . Offensive MVP in 2104 AutoZone Liberty Bowl on 133 yards with 25 carries in win over West Virginia ... rushed for 581 yards and five scores on team-high 124 carries in '14 . ..  Transferred from Oregon and sat out 2012 . . .broke LaMichael James' high school single-season school record as senior, when he ran for 2,202 yards and 24 TDs on 196 carries ... HOMETOWN: Texarkana, TX . . . BORN: 10/24/92

G-C ALEX COOPER 6-4 300 Houston

Tough, respected competitor . .. Long arms . .. excellent feet and balance . . . captain who started all 14 games at three different positions (LT, RT, RG) throughout the season ...*graded 81 percent on the Houston O-Line Grade Sheet ... played 1,046 snaps while allowing just one sack . .. averaged 4.8 knockdown blocks . .. helped lead an offense ranked 10th nationally in scoring (40.4 points), 13th nationally in rushing  (235.8 yards) and 20th nationally in total offense (484.1 yards per game) ... *started all 13 games during 2014 season at right tackle ... Listed as a top-100 recruit in Houston area . .. earned 4A All-District honors in basketball . .. born in the Bahamas . ..   HOMETOWN: Houston, TX . . . BORN: 12/18/91

DT DAVID DEAN 6-1 295 Virginia

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Good intangibles in solid college career as fifth-year player and three -year starter . .. Known  as effort player with energy . .. one of the Cavs' captains . .. invited to play in East-West Shrine game ... shared Iron Cavalier award for performance and dedication in the weight room . ..  finished his career No. 4 all-time among UVA defensive tackles with 25.5 tackles for loss . .. In '14  helped limit nation's No. 5 rusher (Pitt's James Conner) and No. 12 rusher (Miami's Duke Johnson) under 100 yards rushing and their lowest outputs of the season . .. named first-team Associated Press 2010 All-Group AAA football team in Virginia ... also starred in baseball in high school . .. HOMETOWN: Virginia Beach, VA . ..  BORN: 2/16/93

WR ALEX ERICKSON  6-0 195 WISCONSIN

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Quick enough and sudden enough with good enough hands to get a shot in slot . .. Despite consistent action in only two seasons, finished career ranked 10th in school history with 1,877 receiving yards and ranked sixth all-time with 141 career receptions….first-team all-state in high school as defensive back and first-team all-conference as defensive back and quarterback after gaining 2,489 yards of total offense while accounting for 33 touchdowns, and making 50 tackles with three interceptions ... three-time all-state selection in basketball….HOMETOWN: Darlington, WI . .. BORN: 11/6/92

WR ANTWANE GRANT  6-0 202 Western Kentucky

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Quickness in initial burst could get him look in the slot...

55 catches for 701 yards and 12.7 per last season after  racking up 509 yards on 41 catches with six touchdowns in 10 games in '14 . .. Grant had team-best 913 yards and 12 touchdowns on 46 receptions during sophomore season at Nassau Community College. .. As freshman went for 395 on 27 receptions with five touchdowns . . HOMETOWN: Wilmington, DE . .. BORN: 8/14/92

LB DARIEN HARRIS 6-0 224  Michigan State

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Started two seasons at weak-side linebacker . . . voted  co-captain in 2015 . . . four-year letter winner . .. collected 154 tackles, including 13 for losses, in 54 career games, including 25 starts . . . ranked among college football's strongest players (No. 5) in 2015 in a list compiled by Chase Goodbread of NFL.com . .. Harris can put up 450 pounds on the bench and 650 on squats . . . graduated with bachelor's degree in journalism . .. pursuing  second degree in interdisciplinary studies in social science -- human capital and society . . . father Alan played running back at Virginia Tech 1982-85 . .. .Hometown: Silver Spring, MD . .. BORN: 3/31/93

CB DARIUS HILLARY  5-11 183 Wisconsin

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Smart, poised performer with not great but smooth speed (4.53 40) . .. can play in the slot . . played in all 54 games, tying school record ... started final 40 consecutive games at cornerback ... part of senior class that posted record of 38-16 over four years, including wins in Outback and Holiday bowls, in addition to 2012 Big Ten championship and 2014 Big Ten West Division title ... over final three seasons (2013-15), Badgers ranked No. 1 nationally in total defense (289 yards), No. 2 in scoring defense (16.9 points) and No. 2 in passing defense (181 yards) . .. Son of former Bengals WR Ira Hillary, member of 1988 AFC champions who played in Cincy from 1987-89 . .. Cincy product who graduated from Sycamore High School . .. HOMETOWN: Cincinnati, OH . . .. BORN: 4/5/93

QB MATT JOHNSON 6-0 212 Bowling Green

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Little Ben after named MAC Offensive Player of the Year? . .. earned Sammy Baugh Award as nation's top passer . . . MAC East Offensive Player of the Week six times … passed for school- and MAC-record 4,946 yards and 46 touchdowns … team captain . .. 8,845 passing yards third  in school history . .. school-record 73 touchdown passes . ..  Hurt hip in 2014 opener and missed  rest of season. HOMETOWN: Harrisburg, PA . .. BORN: 9/9/92.

RB DY'SHAWN MOBLEY 5-11 220 Eastern Kentucky

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Another big back . .. low-slung with good power and contact balance . .. Rarely gets tripped up in traffic . . . Injuries limited him during senior season in 2015 with 347 yards and four TDs . .. Ohio Valley Conference Offensive Player of the Year in 2014 … first team All-OVC … started all 13 games voted team offensive MVP … finished season with 258 carries for 1,491 yards and 20 TDs … caught 33 passes for 309 yards and one touchdown … led the OVC in rushing attempts, yards, and touchdowns … played in all 12 games at Kentucky in 2013 before transferring while starting final two games  … ran for a team season-high 143 yards in the finale at Tennessee … set state single-season rushing records with 3,068 yards and 48 touchdowns as high school senior . .. rushed for a record 118 yards in the Tennessee East-West all-star game and was named the East Offensive MVP … HOMETOWN: Powell, TN . .. BORN: 11/8/93.

G-C ALEX REDMOND  6-4 294 UCLA

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Good size . . good position blocker  who finishes his blocks . . . quick first step . . . light on his feet . .. good awareness . .. started 10 games last season as Bruins allowed 14 sacks, second fewest in school history ... Helped pave way for Paul Perkins, third-leading rusher in school history who recorded second-straight 1,000-yard season . . . Started eight games at guard in 2014 and was honorable mention all-conference selection by coaches ... Started all 13 games at right guard to match school record for a true freshman position player ... Named first-team Freshman All-America by Sporting News, Athlon Sports and Football Writers Association (FWAA) ... lettered three years in high school wrestling and became his school's first state finalist ever . .. HOMETOWN:  Cerritos, CA . .. BORN: 1/18/95

WR ALONZO RUSSELL 6-4 206  Toledo

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Intriguing big receiver with long speed, ability to track long ball and adjust to routes . … Timed in one 40 at 4.48 seconds . .. flashed some inconsistency with drops, but he was a four-year starter and four-time All-MAC pick . .. 202 career catches for 3,076 yards for 15.2-yard average and 24 touchdowns . . .attended prep school at Milford Academy in New York . .. Caught 52 passes for 1,153 yards and 14 touchdowns as senior at Woodson High School in Washington, DC. HOMETOWN: Washington D.C. . .. BORN: 9/29/92.

T JOHN WEIDENAAR  6-7 295 Montana State

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Excellent quickness deems him worthy of development . .. Timed at 1.84 seconds in 10-yard dash, 2.97 in the 20 . ..  played 49 straight games at left tackle, beating school's record for consecutive starts by a scrimmage player . .. Record of 48 belonged to All-America left tackle Brent Swaggert . .. grew up on a ranch in Churchill, MT . .. HOMETOWN: Manhattan, MT . .. BORN:9/15/92

LOCAL TRY-OUT PLAYERS

--K Jonathan Brown played at Louisville

--OT Aaron Epps played at Louisville

--S Eilar Hardy played at Bowling Green and is from Pickerington, Ohio

--FB/TE Keith Heitzman played at Ohio University and is from Hilliard, Ohio

--DE Tom Lally, Mount Union from Fairview Park, Ohio. Went to Lakewood St. Edward High School

--DE Silverberry Mouhon played at the University of Cincinnati

--C Lucas Powell played at Ohio University

--CB Cody Quinn played at Kentucky and is from Middletown, Ohio (Middletown High School)

--S Adam Sauder played at Taylor University (Upland, Ind.) and is from Grabill, Ind.

--LB Kendall Walker played at Indiana State and is from Cincinnati (Moeller High School).

OTHER TRY-OUT PLAYERS

--G Devonte Danzey, Louisville

--DE Jack Gangwish, Nebraska

--DT DeMarcus Hodge, Arkansas

--LS Chris Maikranz, Lamar

--P Cody Mandell, Alabama

--LB Gionni Paul, Utah --G Trip Thurman, Florida

--CB Corey Tindall, Marshall

--QB Travis Wilson, Utah

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