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Cincinnati Football: Bearcats Try To Make Most of 2016 NFL Scouting Combine

Fellow Bearcats Parker Ehinger, Johnny Holton, Mekale McKay, and Chris Moore provided a good showing of themselves at the 2016 NFL Combine.

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The Bearcats were proudly represented by four players at last weekend's NFL Combine in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Parker Ehinger: 6'6", 310 LBS. (OG) (Grade: 4.9)

One of four team captains as a senior, Ehinger was also named to the Preseason Watch List for both the Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award. Despite having the size and length to be an NFL lineman, combine reports indicate some trepidation regarding Ehinger's core strength. He did perform well in the 40-Yard Dash and Broad Jump for an athlete of his proportions. Whether this helps to alleviate the questions some NFL scouts have remains to be seen.

  • 40 Yard Dash: 5.26
  • Broad Jump: 97 inches

Johnny Holton: 6'1", 190 LBS. (WR) (Grade: 4.85)

Despite missing time due to injury, Holton provided deep-threat capability as evidenced by his 27.1 yards-per-catch average as a senior. His size, speed and ability to create separation make him an attractive option at wide receiver despite concerns about his limitations in running routes. He has also shown his added value as a kick returner, which definitely improves his draft stock.

  • 40 Yard Dash: 4.54
  • Bench Press: 8 reps
  • Vertical Jump: 31.5 inches
  • Broad Jump: 123 inches

Mekale McKay: 6'4", 207 LBS. (WR) (Grade: 5.06)

McKay possesses a nice combination of size and speed with a quick burst of acceleration. That he also uses his considerable frame in pass blocking is quite beneficial to his chances of catching on with an NFL team. There is some consternation regarding his tendency to drop passes, which he can help overcome with a solid Pro Day performance.

  • 40 Yard Dash: 4.55
  • 20 Yard Shuttle: 4.63 seconds
  • 40 Yard Shuttle: 11.89 seconds
  • 3 Cone Drill: 7.08 seconds
  • Bench Press: 12 reps
  • Vertical Jump: 35 inches
  • Broad Jump: 123 inches

Chris Moore: 6'1", 206 LBS. (WR) (Grade: 5.2)

In 2015, Moore caught 40 passes for a total of 870 yards and seven touchdowns. He developed a reputation for making route adjustments on the fly and being fearless across the middle. There are concerns about his receiving technique due to a reliance on "body catching" instead of using his hands. He was a Top Performer in both the Broad Jump and the 3 Cone Drill at the combine. His raw athleticism could provide plenty of upside to an organization with some patience and a plan for development.

  • 40 Yard Dash: 4.53
  • 20 Yard Shuttle: 4.20 seconds
  • 40 Yard Shuttle: 11.37 seconds
  • 3 Cone Drill: 6.76 seconds
  • Bench Press: 10 reps
  • Vertical Jump: 37 inches
  • Broad Jump: 130 inches

Despite setting the Cincinnati career mark for receptions (238), ranking second in all-time career receiving yardage (2,552), a record breaking 2015 season in which he caught a school record 88 passes for 971 yards and six touchdowns, receiver Shaq Washington found himself without an invitation to the the NFL Combine. Could such a snub only be attributed to Washington's diminutive size (5' 8", 178 lb.)?

Though the snub may definitely be considered a setback, it should not dim Washington's professional hopes as his name still appears to be on the lips of many an NFL scout. Several recent receivers in this mold have not only been successful, but excelled in the NFL. If Washington doesn't hear his name called in one of the draft's later rounds he may find his opportunity as a free agent.