2015 NFL Draft: Bengals’ Tight End Options

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Nov 15, 2014; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Hurricanes tight end Clive Walford (46) runs past Florida State Seminoles defensive end Chris Casher (21) for a touchdown during the second quarter at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

As discussed in some previous draft pieces, the Bengals may use the upcoming draft to restock the tight end position.  If Jermaine Gresham is in fact gone in 2015, like him or not, he will be missed.  His absence leaves the position both thin and without a highly skilled blocker.  The tight end situation is further obscured by Tyler Eifert‘s inability to stay healthy over the past year.  Although none of his injuries are suspected to effect his career join forward, it goes to show how dire the Bengals’ tight end situation really is.

Rounding out the position is Kevin Brock and practice squad player Jake Murphy.  Brock is primarily a blocker who was employed only after injuries plagued the unit.  He could act as the team’s third tight end in 2015, but probably shouldn’t.  Meanwhile, Murphy has never seen the NFL field and likely won’t this year.

The Bengals must use the upcoming draft to acquire at least one tight end who can produce in 2015; a second selection later in the draft would also be a good idea, as it would ensure the positions’ depth for the upcoming season.  Hue Jackson loves the run the ball, so finding players who can block effectively will likely be prioritized.

This draft isn’t deep with ready-made tight ends, but does offer several players with upside.  Here’s a few options the Bengals should consider drafting to ameliorate their tight end situation.

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