Cincinnati Bengals: The Tale of Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu

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Nov 5, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Mohamed Sanu (12) and wide receiver Marvin Jones (82) against the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 31-10. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 5, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Mohamed Sanu (12) and wide receiver Marvin Jones (82) against the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 31-10. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /
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Apr 30, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Cedric Ogbuehi (Texas A&M) poses for a photo with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected as the number 21st overall pick to the Cincinnati Bengals in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 30, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Cedric Ogbuehi (Texas A&M) poses for a photo with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected as the number 21st overall pick to the Cincinnati Bengals in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports /

Who Could Replace Homegrown Talent

First and foremost, it’s obvious that one of these dynamic receivers needs to be re-signed by the Bengals. Their current depth chart does not feature any potential starting receivers except for All Pro A.J. Green. That being said, the financial burden to retain both Jones and Sanu would be too much for the Bengals to bare without sacrificing other key free agents. Therefore, it is time to shop for a replacement for each of them.

When it comes Jones, you must find someone who fill his shoes as deep threat and acrobatic pass catcher. This years draft class is a bit lean on premium WR talent, but has considerable “good but not great” receivers. In the upcoming draft, Cincinnati may consider taking a WR in the first round.

If that is the case, the best receiver available given their draft order may well be Josh Doctson out of TCU. Doctson is explosive off the line with the potential to be a true deep threat in the NFL. In addition to his explosive nature, he has good body control which allows him to adjust on the ball.

If Cincinnati looks beyond the first round, a good 2-4 round option is Paul McRoberts out of Southeast Missouri St. While he is a bit more of a work in progress, McRoberts has decent speed and outstanding leaping ability. When you add these to lanky frame, he is able to out match the majority of defenders.

The draft offers a few good options that could replace Sanu from a receiving stand point. When it comes to being as multidimensional only one high round draft choice comes to mind, Ohio States Braxton Miller. The Buckeye’s former quarterback turned wide out is a dangerous weapon on many levels. He brings all the same tangible offensive skills to the table as Sanu. All of that is irrelevant if the Bengals are just looking for a receiver.

Next: Free Agency is a Possibility

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