The 2022 Cincinnati Pro Day will allow some of their most talented NFL Draft prospects to continue their ascension in this class. When is the Cincinnati Pro Day, who should you be watching out for, and what can we expect?
When is the Cincinnati Pro Day in 2022?
- Date: Thursday, March 24
- Time: 10:30 AM ET
The 2022 Cincinnati Pro Day will be held on Thursday, March 24. The event, which will host a laundry list of NFL Draft prospects, will begin at 10:30 AM ET. In previous years, the Cincinnati Pro Day has taken place at the Sheakley Athletics Center on the University of Cincinnati campus. The center includes a full 100-yard football field that is used by the Bearcats as an indoor practice facility between November and February.
Top Cincinnati NFL Draft prospects working out at pro day
As you’d expect from a team that rose up from the Group of Five level to challenge the Power Five elite in college football, Cincinnati has a stock of NFL Draft talent on display at their Pro Day. There were six Bearcats at the Senior Bowl, and eight players from the program were invited to the NFL Combine. With such an array of talent on display at the Cincinnati Pro Day, here are some of the top prospects to be aware of on March 24.
Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner, CB
While athletic testing isn’t the overriding evaluation point of the NFL Draft process, it certainly felt like Ahmad Gardner did a lot to help his case as the CB1 of the 2022 class at the NFL Combine. Having never allowed a touchdown in his college career, the Cincinnati cornerback showcased that he has the athleticism to translate his game to the NFL.
Not only did “Sauce” perform admirably in the 40-yard dash, but he also looked exceptionally fluid out on the field during drills. That is particularly important for a cornerback of his size. Expect a similar performance, plus some of the explosion and agility drills that he didn’t participate in at the Combine, at the Cincinnati Pro Day.
Desmond Ridder, QB
Another Cincinnati prospect who had a good showing at the NFL Combine was quarterback Desmond Ridder. Although his performance wasn’t anything that we couldn’t have foreseen based on his tape, Ridder showcased his speed and explosive ability by leading all quarterbacks in the 40-yard dash and both vertical and broad jumps. On-field drills will be particularly important for Ridder to showcase his arm talent. There is no concern about his arm strength. Yet, the Cincinnati QB needs to show he can be consistently accurate.
Alec Pierce, WR
An under-the-radar wide receiver prospect ahead of the season, Alec Pierce continues to elevate his NFL Draft stock. The tall pass catcher had a Combine performance worthy of his reputation as an “athletic freak.” His 40-yard dash time was impressive at his size. Meanwhile, he led all wide receivers in the vertical jump. Look for Pierce to demonstrate that he’s more than just a contested-catch threat during on-field drills at the Cincinnati Pro Day.
Myjai Sanders, EDGE
A tall, long, and athletic EDGE prospect, Myjai Sanders had a productive 2020 campaign before seeing a drop-off last season. That can largely be attributed to opposition offensive coordinators actively scheming away from the disruptive playmaker. A pre-Combine illness limited him in Indianapolis. There were also question marks about his weight from some analysts. Expect those questions to be answered with conviction at the Cincinnati Pro Day.