Cincinnati Bengals: 5 Players to Watch at the Combine

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Jan 1, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Braxton Miller (1) against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the 2016 Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Buckeyes defeated the Fighting Irish 44-28. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 1, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Braxton Miller (1) against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the 2016 Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Buckeyes defeated the Fighting Irish 44-28. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /
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November 28, 2015; Stanford, CA, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish wide receiver Will Fuller catches a pass and runs for a touchdown ahead of Stanford Cardinal cornerback Terrence Alexander (11) during the first half at Stanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
November 28, 2015; Stanford, CA, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish wide receiver Will Fuller catches a pass and runs for a touchdown ahead of Stanford Cardinal cornerback Terrence Alexander (11) during the first half at Stanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports /

WR: Will Fuller

The Notre Dame product is starting to fall in the second round projections, at least according to Chad Reuter of NFL.com. How he performs in the combine could be the difference between moving up in the second round, moving down, and staying within the Bengals reach.

Fuller was a full two year starter at Notre Dame and put up impressive numbers during both years. In 2015, he gained 1,258 yards, 62 catches, and 14 touchdowns. In 2014, he has 76 catches for 1094 yards and 15 touchdowns.

His draft profile is impressive:

"Galloping acceleration to reach his top speed quickly. Takes the top off a defense vertically, stacking receivers and using multiple gears to pull away from defenders."

Like every player, he does have weaknesses:

"Smaller hands and prone to body catches with too many drops on his college film – equal opportunity dropper, losing focus on various types of passes. Unreliable in contested situations."

The Bengals would benefit from his breakaway speed and beating teams down the field. Marvin Jones would have to go in order to make Will Fuller a sensible pick. Fuller has the speed and the ability to win battles down field but could be vulnerable in the middle of the field.

The Bengals will have plenty of time between the NFL Combine, NFL Pro days, and the NFL Draft. If they can keep their vital players and pick up some necessary depth, their goal to make it six straight playoffs and past the first round. They will need every player to be at the top of their game if they are going to win Super Bowl LI.

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