The Bengals lost their Nos. 2 and 3 receivers in free agency, Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu. Thus, they'll be looking for help at the position early and often in the 2016 NFL Draft. Cincinnati has shown a ton of interest in Corey Coleman, who would be a great complement for A.J. Green.
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1. Josh Doctson, WR - The Bengals met with two receivers more often than anyone else at the position this offseason: Doctson and Coleman. I think the former goes here if available.
2. William Fuller, WR - As you can tell, I think this is going to be a receiver.
Rd. 2, Pk. 24
Tyler Boyd, WR, Pittsburgh
Back-to-back receivers? Well, the Bengals did select consecutive offensive tackles in the 2015 NFL Draft, so there's definitely a history of this sort of strategy. Besides, I don't think Andy Dalton will complain about another weapon.
Pick change; previously Emmanuel Ogbah, DE
Rd. 3, Pk. 24
Connor McGovern, G, Missouri
The Bengals don't need a guard right now, but that may not be the case next year, when Kevin Zeitler hits free agency.
Pick change; previously Javon Hargrave, DT
Rd. 4, Pk. 24
Briean Boddy-Calhoun, CB, Minnesota
Pacman Jones was terrific this past season, but with he and Leon Hall both older than 30, the Bengals will have to find some young blood at cornerback.
Rd. 5, Pk. 22
DeAndre Houston-Carson, FS, William & Mary
The Bengals lost Reggie Nelson this offseason, so they'll need to add another safety to the mix.
Pick change; previously Daniel Braverman, WR
Rd. 6, Pk. 23
Alex Redmond, G, UCLA
The Bengals have three key offensive linemen who will become free agents after 2016, so adding depth up front is key.
Rd. 7, Pk. 24
Josh Forrest, ILB, Kentucky
The Bengals will be looking for some linebacker depth after cutting A.J. Hawk.
Cincinnati needs an edge rusher to pair with Carlos Dunlap. I think the Bengals would be very happy to have Solomon Thomas here, but he's off the board. There is a lot of chatter that the Bengals love John Ross, and he would make sense as their offense.
Ross (5-11, 188) was a very productive wideout for Washington in 2016 with 81 receptions for 1,150 yards and 17 touchdowns. For the NFL, he will have to fit as a speedy, shifty slot receiver as he is very undersized. If Ross can add some weight, he could be a Brandin Cooks-type receiver. Otherwise, Ross might be more similar to Sterling Shepard or Tavon Austin. Ross has good hands, route-running, and is fast. He could be a mismatch weapon as a slot receiver.
As a sophomore (17-371-4) and freshman (16-208-1) Ross contributed some, but the junior took on a bigger role in 2016.
Rd. 2, Pk. 2
Tyus Bowser, OLB, Houston
The Bengals could use some young linebacker talent and another edge rusher across from Carlos Dunlap. Bowser addresses both needs.
In 2016, Bowser had 47 tackles with 12 tackles for a loss, 8.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one pass batted. He was a tough edge rusher for Houston. Bowser could fit as a 3-4 outside or inside linebacker, and he could play inside on run downs and move to rush off the edge in passing situations. In a 4-3 defense, Bowser (6-2, 244) would fit as a Sam - strongside - linebacker and could rush off the edge in obvious passing situations.
Rd. 3, Pk. 3
Dawuane Smoot, DE/3-4OLB, Illinois
The Bengals grab another edge rusher for their defense.
During the fall, there was a good amount of hype about Smoot as a few ESPN draft analysts projected him among the top-10 prospects for the 2017 NFL Draft. In speaking with multiple NFL teams, they say they initially graded Smoot as a late first-rounder before lowering him into the middle region of Day 2. Smoot totaled 56 tackles and 15 for a loss, five sacks, two forced fumbles and one pass batted in 2016.
Sources say that Smoot is very athletic and explosive off the edge. However, they feel the 6-foot-2, 255-pounder, despite being strong for his size, is more disruptive than productive, and that could be the case for him in the NFL. They believe Smoot is the kind of player who will place a lot of pressure on the quarterback, but net only a few sacks. Starting across from Jihad Ward in 2015, Smoot had a strong junior season as he totaled eight sacks with 15 tackles for a loss, 40 tackles, two passes batted and three forced fumbles.
Rd. 4, Pk. 4
Kendell Beckwith, ILB, LSU
The Bengals could use multiple linebackers as they have a few veterans entering free agency after this season.
In 2016, Beckwith totaled 91 tackles with six for a loss, one sack and four passes broken up. He played well in 2015 for LSU as a physical in-the-box presence. On the year, the junior totaled 84 tackles with 10 tackles for a loss, two forced fumbles and a pass batted. As a sophomore, he had 77 tackles with three pass breakups, two sacks and an interception.
Beckwith (6-2, 243) was a strong tackler and good at taking on blocks in college. He needs to improve his pass-coverage skills for the NFL though, but teams really liked him before he got injured.
Rd. 4, Pk. 4
Tyler Orlosky, C, West Virginia
The Bengals could consider some interior offensive line competition after losing Kevin Zeitler.
Orlosky is good in the ground game and generally reliable in pass protection. The 6-foot-2, 292-pounder could develop into a starting center in the NFL. He isn't overly strong, but gets in good position and is an angle blocker.
Rd. 5, Pk. 5
Ryan Glasgow, DT, Michigan
The Bengals could use some interior defensive line depth and competition.
Rd. 5, Pk. 5
Deangelo Yancey, WR, Purdue
The Bengals could target multiple receivers in the 2017 NFL Draft and have shown interest in Yancey.
Rd. 6, Pk. 6
Rayshawn Jenkins, S, Miami
The Bengals could use some safety depth and competition.
Rd. 6, Pk. 6
Dan Skipper, OT, Arkansas
The Bengals get some right tackle more depth as Andre Smith will probably start with Cedric Ogbuehi or Jake Fisher moving to guard.
Rd. 7, Pk. 7
Josh Thornton, CB, Southern Utah
The Bengals get more secondary depth and hosted Thornton.
NFL.com Comparison: John Brown
My Comparison: Kendall Wright
Instant blur off the snap. Feet turn over at a blinding pace and he devours cushion before cornerbacks know what hit them. Able to get over the top of every corner he faced and demands safety help over the top. Works back to the ball. Explosive leaper with ability to climb ladder and win the 50/50 ball and body control to secure the acrobatic catch. Touchdown maker finishing 2015 with 20 receiving touchdowns. Smooth, speedy stems to the post will be difficult to mirror and match for NFL cornerbacks. Easy route adjustments in space. Defenders who try to jam and miss pay the iron price (touchdowns). Able to make tacklers miss in tight spaces. Has experience as ball carrier and punt returner. Heavily targeted (39 percent) in Baylor's high-flying attack.
Dangerous vertical talent with the ability to get over the top of defenders who fail to recognize his blazing quickness off the line of scrimmage. Coleman can get instant separation to create favorable passing windows and is one of the top playmakers in this draft. Coleman's issues with drops near the middle of the field could be a concern if teams see him next as a slot receiver due to his lack of size. Regardless, he can line up outside and win and he offers immediate punt return help.
The Bengals lost their #2 and #3 wideouts. The Bengals get a replacement for one of the two and even though there is a "hole" at receiver, Doctson would be coming into a favorable situation. He would be 3rd or possibly 4th option on a team that has a Top-5 Receiver in Green, a Top-3 Tight End in Tyler Eifert and a Top-5 receiving back in Giovani Bernard. Also working for Doctson is the fact he would be fighting for time against a pair of 7th rounders in Mario Alford and James Wright, and a Division III star in Jake Kumerow. Sounds like a pretty cozy situation for the workout warrior. Docston showed off immense lower body strength in grabbing the top spot in the Vertical jump, second in the Broad Jump, and Top-5 in both Shuttle times. His 40 time is a "sub par 4.5" but guess who also had exactly 4.5 40 time? The man Doctson would be lining up with on almost every play, Adriel Jeremiah Green.
After a hot start to his best season of his young career Andy Dalton watched his team lose in disgraceful manor on the bench after fracturing his thumb, after that loss the Bengals are going to need a lot in order to bounce back from that loss. Will Fuller could potential be that, The Bengals have few needs at safety, linebacker, and wide receiver positions and Fuller goes here because of the talent he has compared to the remaining linebackers and safeties and the fact that Marvin Jones and Muhammad Sanu are free agents and are likely not to resign therefore they will need a compliment for AJ Green and after the fallout of this team and the showing of what kind of locker room this team has it will be hard to attract veteran talent that will want to come in and join this team to fill that role. On a positive note Fuller will be much more than a compliment he will be an upgrade that might be able to earn the Bengals a bye for the first round of the playoffs next year.
I’m a big fan of the wide receivers in this range of the draft. Michael Thomas is going to be a stud in the NFL in my opinion and he’s been one of my favorite players since the absolute very beginning. If it wasn’t for my recent crazy love for Josh Doctson Michael Thomas would be my favorite player in this receiver class. He’s got phenomenal size at 6’3” 212lbs with very solid speed (40 time in the 4.5’s). Great quickness and separation skills and ball skills in the air, especially in the red zone. Thomas is a hands catcher who doesn’t drop many passes and makes the difficult ones. He’s not without flaws he’s got some issues with his route running and his production was never elite, but that’s likely to do with a strange and difficult QB situation at Ohio State. Some seasoning is necessary and I can actually see him struggling just a bit out of the gate, but I can’t imagine this guy not being a stud by year two in this league. Cincinnati is one of the teams in the NFL truly without many gaping needs. Wide Receiver is definitely one of them as Marvin Jones and Mohammed Sanu left in free agency and only the mediocre Brandon Lafell was brought in. The Bengals desperately need a wide receiver opposite of AJ Green who can take pressure of the franchise player.
Treadwell is massive at 6’2” 221 lbs with good sized hands. He is incredible at pinpointing the ball at its highest point and coming down with 50/50 balls and making tough contested catches that most other receivers just cannot make. His production was off the charts his whole career and his skills with the ball in his hand are vastly underrated as well, especially for a guy his size. Now, he’s definitely not without weaknesses. His pretty slow for a top tier receiver (4.63 second 40) and he has had some injury problems, and neither of those are issues that are easy to overlook. But, putting on a tape of this guy will make you forget it all as he really is just flat out talented. A lot of people have cooled off on him, and I can’t say I completely blame them, but I’m still a firm believer. Cincinnati has one of the deeper rosters in the league, a testament to their drafting abilities over the past few years, but one of their bigger holes is definitely at wide receiver where Marvin Jones and Mohammad Sanu departed in free agency. Pair Treadwell with superstar AJ Green and stud TE Tyler Eifert and this passing attack looks scary, even with Andy Dalton (I’m not a believer) at the helm.
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Rd. 1, Pk. 24
William Jackson III, CB
The poor Bengals wanted a receiver badly. They had Josh Doctson atop their board, followed by Corey Coleman and William Fuller. They were all gone, so the Bengals had to look elsewhere. William Jackson is definitely not a bad consolation prize. As a matter of fact, I love the pick. William Jackson has both great film and unbelievable athleticism. There was some speculation that he could go as high as No. 11 to the Bears or No. 14 to the Raiders. Jackson's a great selection here, as he fills a big need in the secondary while providing good value.
Rd. 2, Pk. 24
Tyler Boyd, WR
Tyler Boyd had some character concerns, so the Bengals taking him is hardly a surprise. That's not a knock on the team, as they've done incredibly well with such players over the years. I think Boyd will work out similarly, as he was the top-rated receiver (or perhaps tied with Michael Thomas) heading into Day 2. The Bengals obviously had to find a receiver after losing Marvin Jones and missing out on all of their first-round candidates (Josh Doctson, Corey Coleman, William Fuller), and they certainly obtained a good one.