With the 98th pick in the draft the Cincinnati Bengals selected Missouri TE Chase Coffman, a receiving tight end who gives QB Carson Palmer another weapon, which is never a bad idea.
The Bengals pick again at 106. So far, centers Antoine Caldwell and Jonathan Luigs remain on the board.
OMCW says Coffman reminds him of Pitt TE Heath Miller.
Kirk calls it a good value pick but not a need.
Bengals on the clock again!
He is, in my opinion, the only can’t-miss prospect.
In the interest of full disclosure, let me inform you that I’m friends with Coffman and his dad, Paul Coffman, the old Chiefs and Green Bay Packers tight end. Chase is represented by NFL superagent Tom Condon, another friend of mine. And, finally, Chase was a college roommate of Blake May, who can best be described as my adopted little brother.
He is exactly the kind of football player Pioli and Todd Haley say they want to bring to Kansas City. He’s a natural-born competitor, a loyal soldier and a high-character individual. Because of the influence of his parents, particularly his father, Chase can handle absolutely everything that goes along with being a top-flight NFL player.
You can see Paul’s instincts every time you watch Chase play. The kid knows how to get open. He can find the creases in a zone, sit in them and move with them. And he might choose death over dropping a pass. I don’t ever remembering seeing him drop a pass at Mizzou. His hands are a gift, and they work amazingly well in traffic, along the sideline, in the back of the end zone and with a defender pulling on his shoulders and arms.