Cincinnati Bengals: Team Mock Draft

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Jan 9, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; An overall view of Paul Brown Stadium before the AFC Wild Card playoff football game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 9, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; An overall view of Paul Brown Stadium before the AFC Wild Card playoff football game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-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 /

Second Round: 55th Pick: Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame

The Bengals are bound to need a wide receiver with both Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu hitting free agency. The goal should be to sign one of these two and then draft a solid number three guy to give Andy Dalton the same arsenal of weapons similar to last year.

Will Fuller comes off a solid year at Notre Dame, capped off with a 81 yard touchdown catch and run in the Fiesta Bowl loss to Ohio State, which he finished with six catches and 113 yards. He is somebody who has great speed break away from defenders and can make plays with his feet. His 2015 stats were led by 14 touchdowns, 62 receptions, and 1258 yards.

Fuller could play another role that the Bengals might be missing in 2016. He could take Brandon Tate role as a return man, which would allow Tate to explore options elsewhere. Even though Fuller has only had one punt return for 10 yards, it is something that he could grow into during workouts and preseason.

According to his draft profile his strengths include:

"Big time, vertical daddy…Has elite acceleration to create easy separation vertically."

His  weaknesses however are something that most teams could be wary of:

"Undersized outside receiver…Hands can be retched sometimes."

He is also one of the five players the Bengals should watch at the Combine. The Combine could be a make or break moment for Fuller. He will certainly need to show teams that he can be a slot guy and short route, compared to his usual vertical play.

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