2015 NFL Draft: Bengals’ Tight End Options

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Oct 4, 2014; South Bend, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish tight end Ben Koyack (18) reacts after scoring a touchdown in front of Stanford Cardinal safety Jordan Richards (8) in the fourth quarter at Notre Dame Stadium. Notre Dame won 17-14. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Ben Koyack, Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Ben Koyack and Clive Walford are in a battle for who, I believe, is the Bengals’ best option at tight end this year.  Frankly, I wouldn’t mind seeing them invest in both if Koyack is still around with either the Bengals’ second of two fourth round selection or in the fifth round.  If the Bengals choose to forego selecting a tight end earlier, the Bengals wouldn’t be “reaching” if they were to draft Koyack earlier than this.

Koyack seems to have a good understanding of how to effectively block.  Like his would-be counterpart Tyler Eifert, he would likely need a year of refinement before he’s ready to take on NFL level competition when blocking, but wouldn’t be lost when on the field either.  More so, what a year would do is likely take Koyack from being a capable blocker to a potentially dominant one; he seems to have that kind of talent.

As a receiver Koyack seems capable.  He’s a versatile player who lined up all over the field, so he could be utilized in several ways, something that should appeal to a creative play caller like Hue Jackson.  He has the frame to be successful as a receiver and so, could surprise many fans despite not being featured in the receiving game at Notre Dame.

Notre Dame has become a hot bed for tight end talent over the past few years.  Although a few of these players have suffered at the hands of the injury bug over the past couple of seasons, one being Tyler Eifert, the Fighting Irish do seem to have a way with producing NFL-caliber tight ends.  Pairing Eifert and Koyack together could work well for the Bengals both next year and going forward.

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