CINCINNATI — The Bengals and the rest of the NFL sent two representatives—one physician and one athletic trainer—to the medical combine in Indianapolis.
The next three days are arguably the most important part of the pre-draft evaluation process. Nearly 150 prospects will be in attendance according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Each player will undergo in-person medical exams and physicals. Half of the group will scan today and do their full exam Friday. The other half will scan on Friday and take their full physical exam on Saturday.
This is a crucial piece of the pre-draft evaluation. Medical concerns can cause a player to drop or even be removed from a teams draft board.
Alabama offensive lineman Landon Dickerson is in Indianapolis. He's one of the many Bengals potential draft targets that could rise or fall based on his physical.
Dickerson suffered a torn ACL in December and has had multiple injuries in the past. He's considered one the best interior offensive lineman in the 2021 NFL Draft when healthy.
Most of the top prospects are in Indianapolis. This is the part of the pre-draft process that the public doesn't see and it could have a big impact on the Bengals' final prospect rankings.
The NFL Draft begins on Thursday, April 29 at 8 p.m. ET.
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