Combine hits: No clear-cut tackle at 12; Safety hunt continues; Vea has Bengals model


Florida State safety Derwin James.

INDIANAPOLIS - NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock emerged from his Combinathon late Saturday afternoon and didn't see a left tackle at No. 12. He sees them in the second and third round, but not that high.

The Bengals are hoping at least four quarterbacks are off the board in the first 11 picks, but apparently that won't help them right away in the pursuit of protection for quarterback Andy Dalton's blindside.

Not with Oklahoma's Orlando Brown Jr., sliding, Texas' Connor Williams on and off, and Notre Dame's Mike McGlinchey destined for the second half of the first round.

 "I think (Mike) McGlinchey is going to be a starter for 10 years in this league," Mayock said. "But there's interesting guys in the second and third rounds."

He was left raving about UCLA's 6-8, 308-pound Colton Miller after Saturday's rampage on the Lucas Oil Stadium floor.

"I don't think his tape is as good as his workout, but he's 6-8 ½, great feet and he ran and jumped like crazy. Some people are going to say Colton Miller is a first-round pick. But you have to do our homework on all these guys. There are some interesting kids out there. I just don't how they shuffle out of there by late April." …

The Saints agreed with Kurt Coleman on a three-year deal a day after he met with the Bengals, but the safety hunt continues into the draft. It's not a position as deep as offensive or defensive line, so you have to get them early. NFL Draft Scout's Rob Rang says Florida State's Derwin James would be a fit at 12. Comparison? How about one magazine comparing him to Hall-of-Famer Mel Renfro?

"He's more of an in-the-box safety, but he's a player with impact Rang said. "He can cover and he can return kicks for you." …

Yes, massive Washington nose tackle Vita Vea grew up watching fellow Samoan Domata Peko play the nose for the Bengals. But the player he emulates is another former Bengals defensive lineman: Justin Smith.

"A very strong guy," said the 6-4, 340-pound Vea Saturday afternoon, about half-an-hour before he wowed the place with 41 reps of 225 pounds …

This gallery features photos of current Bengals players at past NFL Combines (AP Photos)

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