Round 2 (Pick 55): Josh Doctson – Wide receiver, TCU
6-foot-3, 195 pounds
After selecting a defensive back in the 2012 and 2014 drafts, the Bengals elected to pick an offensive player in the second round of each of those drafts. Andy Dalton may already have A.J. Green, Tyler Eifert and possibly Marvin Jones and/or Mohamed Sanu out wide, but adding a playmaking receiver on the outside couldn’t hurt.
While Cincinnati took Mario Alford in the seventh round of last year’s draft, the Bengals still need a receiver. There’s a good chance that Marvin Jones and/or Mohamed Sanu leave in free agency, and even if they don’t, Cincinnati is still deep enough to afford selecting a wide receiver early.
Trevone Boykin may have been the center of attention for the TCU Horned Frogs, but Doctson quietly dominated. The wideout hauled in 79 passes for 1,327 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2015. Doctson has back-to-back seasons with at least 1,000 yards receiving and 10 touchdowns–and he did it in the Big 12, a very respectable conference.
Boykin may not be the flashiest wide receiver prospect in this year’s draft class, but he could be a nice steal for the Bengals–just like his former teammate, linebacker P.J. Dawson was in the third round of last year’s draft.
Next: Round 3