The workout with the Bengals went very well. It went 100 times better than anybody could have expected. I think for as well as I feel like I did at our pro day, [Tuesday's] workout went much better.
We showed up at about 7:30 in the morning. We went in and they showed us a little bit of the facilities, and let us meet some of the guys that we were going to be working out with that day. There were about 15-20 prospects there for the workout, including three other offensive linemen – Pat Ross from Boston College, Zach Strief from Northwestern and Rob Smith from Tennessee. Family and agents were not allowed at the workout, so it was just the players and the coaches. After getting dressed, we went straight into a medical type thing, where the trainers checked out previous injuries, x-rays and things like that. They were just making sure that everyone was in shape and that no one was hiding any injuries that had not been reported earlier. That probably took up at least an hour or hour-and-a-half-plus of time, just getting the medical side of things taken care of. That's something that you know is going to happen, so it's not a big deal.
After that, we got about an hour-and-a-half off, during which we took another quick tour of the facility, and actually got to meet Marvin Lewis, which was great. I hear a lot about him, being from Cincinnati, and with him being the head coach. So it was good to meet him and shake his hand, and to put a body with a face that you always see on TV, so that was a reward to meet him. You can just feel the power that he has when he walks into a room. I got a really good vibe from him as a coach. Now I understand all the media reports about him taking control of the team. I can really understand what it is that they are talking about.
Following that, we hung out and sat in the players' lounge, just goofing off and playing video games, watching TV, shooting pool – whatever it was that you wanted to do. Then we went outside and performed the position drills for the coaches, which was one of the primary reasons that we were there – to show off our football skills. That was a really important part of the day. I think I did a good job doing the drills. I definitely can't complain about how I did. I received a lot of compliments from the offensive line coach. It was only about a 20-25 minute workout, so it wasn't too hard, but it was really physical for the time we were out there doing it. It got tough in stretches, but nothing overwhelming.
After that, we came back inside and had lunch with the coaches. We sat around and talked, and they asked if we wanted to meet with the position coaches, provided those coaches wanted to meet with us. The offensive line coach did want to meet with us, and that's when we did the other part of football evaluation, which is understanding the football smarts that you have. To see what it really is that you know about the game, and I think that was one of my strong points. We had to go and sit down in the meeting room with the coach, and he went through what they called their defenses and how they labeled their defenses. He expected us to memorize them in less than probably two minutes. We had to memorize multiple defenses, basically three defenses with four variations each, so it was up to 12 different combinations. It was a tough test. But I did really well. As a matter of fact, I believe I was the first one to finish each of the defenses when he told us to write them on the board. I wrote the defenses perfect each time, and each time they were correct. So I came out of that meeting feeling like I did a nice job. I really showed my understanding of the game of football. Instead of just being able to play the game well, I showed that I understand what the game is about. That was basically the full day, as we were released shortly after that.