Could the Bengals work their magic and help Dorial Green-Beckham find his potential? Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
The Bengals Draft A Wide Receiver in the Second Round
The screams of “wasted pick” are already sounding at this mention. It’s a position that’s hardly an issue, but let’s make the case anyway.
This year sees both Brandon Tate and Dane Sanzenbacher hit free agency. Even if one or both return, neither has the capability of being a difference-maker at the position. In 2016, A.J. Green, Mohamed Sanu, and Marvin Jones all hit free agency themselves (also Greg Little). This means, other than the future/reserve contracts that were recently signed, the entirety of the Bengals wide receiving core other than James Wright will hit free agency in the next two years.
Like it or not, especially with a terribly weak quarterback class, Andy Dalton is this team’s starter now and likely next season, unless A.J. McCarron burgeons substantially. Marvin Lewis‘ time with the Bengals likely hinges on Andy Dalton‘s arm, so getting him help with always be a priority. This year’s class is deep and it’s likely a potentially great receiver can and will be found following the first round. Players like Dorial Green-Beckham, Sammie Coates, Devin Funchess, and Breshad Perriman could all fall to the Bengals in the second round depending on how the draft plays out. Each of these players possesses some rare combination of size, speed, and/or pass-catching ability.
Mohamed Sanu and especially Marvin Jones have looked good at times, but their respective futures are hardly assured. Sanu must solve his “drops” issue and must continue to develop. Jones looked great last year, but has since endured a couple of injuries. With this in mind as well as the team’s commitment to Andy Dalton, is drafting the right receiver this high in the draft out of the question? Likely not.