The Cincinnati Bengals did not address any of their primary needs with their first round pick. They didn’t select a strong safety, nor a running back, nor even an offensive lineman, any of which was largely expected by many fans and pundits alike.
Instead, the team went on offense, leaving their holes on the defensive side of the ball for a tight end out of Notre Dame.
The funny thing is that this may be why I’m more excited for the Bengals upcoming season than I have ever been.
Tyler Eifert, you can officially count me as a member of your fan club.
And Bengals fans, I think you should follow suit.
The last two years, Andy Dalton has had one guy on offense that repeatedly helped him move the chains through the air. The guy that at one point had more touchdowns than games played last season: sensational young receiver, A.J. Green.
But that’s it. The chemistry really didn’t have time to develop between Dalton and Mohamed Sanu, as the receiver went down with a foot injury after a short stint opposite Green at wide-out.
Marvin Jones was just beginning to emerge as an effective receiver as the season drew to a quick close. He even showed glimpses of his ability to make the big play down the field.
The position of tight end for the Bengals has been a strange case these last few years.
Jermaine Gresham has also shown glimpses of the high draft stock he brought to the table a few years ago. However, he has also been plagued by dropped passes, something that Dalton would certainly love to see a lot less of on 2nd and long.
In steps Tyler Eifert, and suddenly the situation on offense gets a whole lot more intriguing.
Eifert, ironically selected with the same overall pick as was Gresham, brings with him a 6 ft-5, 250 pound frame.
He can also catch anything within a half-mile radius coming his way.
And here we see the reason why I am so excited.