Cincinnati Bengals: Post Combine Mock Draft

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Apr 30, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; A general view of the stage before the 2015 NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 30, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; A general view of the stage before the 2015 NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports /
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Oct 29, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers wide receiver Tyler Boyd (23) runs after a catch against North Carolina Tar Heels safety Donnie Miles (15) during the first quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 29, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers wide receiver Tyler Boyd (23) runs after a catch against North Carolina Tar Heels safety Donnie Miles (15) during the first quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /

2nd round: Tyler Boyd, WR. Pittsburgh- Arguably the most underrated wide receiver in this draft, Tyler Boyd put together a very nice combine to back up his game tape. Boyd possesses great hands and nice body control, doing very well in over the middle catches. He possesses great feet and is able to switch speed gears in routes with strong, powerful strides and is faster than expected.

Always trying to find ways to get yards after the catch and Boyd brings a very competitive nature. His versatility of playing outside, slot receiver, running back, quarterback, and as a kick and punt returner, could boost the Bengals offense if they move on from Mohamed Sanu. He has consistency under two different head coach during the last 3 seasons. Has great body control and can make acrobatic catches easily due to his strong hands. He also attacks the ball and makes contested catches, mostly winning them.

He doesn’t have the best size, so he’s not going to power through tackles, relies on feet to pick up yards. Also ball security concerns on kick returns. Overall, there’s a lot to like about Boyd as he can play both slot and outside receiver.

3rd round: Deion Jones, OLB. LSU- A sideline to sideline linebacker who has speed to cover anywhere on the field. His feet allow sudden change of direction if need be. He’s a reliable player who isn’t going to over pursue, he sticks to his area and knows when to take the next move. Strong at the point of attack and won quite a few battles against tight ends.

Very good at coverage, both lining up against running backs and tight ends, quick hips allow a good transition. Showed great instincts and knows where the ball is going. Powerful in the lower body and performs textbook tackles all the way until the end. Played very well on special teams before becoming a starter.

The biggest question mark with Jones is that he is only a first year starter. He showed moments that proved that and still has some moments on tape where he looks raw. But there’s a lot to like with his tape and signs are shooting up for this kid. The more playing time he gets, the better he will become.

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