After suffering through an horrendous 2-14 season, the Cincinnati Bengals will have their work cut out for them this offseason. There’s a ton of questions surrounding the organization. Is Zac Taylor really the man for the job? Does Andy Dalton have a future with the team? Will All-Pro wideout A.J. Green get re-signed? These are just a few of the questions that this franchise will have the answer in the coming months.
Another topic of discussion that has surrounded the Bengals this offseason, is how they’ll approach the NFL Draft. With the first overall selection, many draft analysts and fans expect them to take Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow to kickoff this new era of Bengal football.
What draft pundits haven’t discussed much, though, is how the team will utilize the rest of their draft picks. They also have a first selection of the second round, and they would be wise to pair their new franchise quarterback in Burrow with another young stud to help him get acclimated to the NFL game.
This is exactly what the team did back in the 2011 draft, where they selected both A.J. Green and Andy Dalton with their first two selections. Although this strategy didn’t lead to the ultimate prize of winning a Super Bowl, it did lead to four playoff appearances and two division titles.
Rehashing this strategy could turn out great for Cincinnati, especially since this draft class is loaded with talent at the wide receiver position.
One name to keep an eye on as we approach draft day is Clemson wideout Tee Higgins. He’s projected to be available once the second round starts and would be the perfect fit in the Bengals system. Here are two reasons why.