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.
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