The Bengals have been linked to some of the top cornerbacks in the draft as they make their way through the maze of pre-draft visits while one of their current cornerbacks is making his way back from a torn Achilles.
Leon Hall tore his Achilles for the second time in Week Seven last season and has been rehabbing the injury since then in hopes of making it back to the field in time of training camp and the regular season. That process took a step forward recently with Geoff Hobson of the team’s website reporting that Hall has been cleared to do all football drills.
Hall’s return to health would be a boost to the Bengals defense, but it probably won’t dissuade them from considering a cornerback in the first round next month. Hall turns 30 this year, Terence Newman turns 36 and Dre Kirkpatrick has yet to live up to expectations after the Bengals made him a first-round pick in 2012. Adding Kyle Fuller or Darqueze Dennard to the mix would give the Bengals enviable depth at the position next season.
Hall and Kirkpatrick are two of three cornerbacks, Jonathan Joseph is the other, that the Bengals have taken in the first round during Marvin Lewis’ tenure as head coach. That’s the most at any one position during that span.