Bengals: Five Wide Receivers They Should Eye in The Draft

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Nov 15, 2014; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers wide receiver Tyler Boyd (23) catches the ball as North Carolina Tar Heels cornerback Brian Walker (28) defends in the first quarter at Kenan Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 15, 2014; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers wide receiver Tyler Boyd (23) catches the ball as North Carolina Tar Heels cornerback Brian Walker (28) defends in the first quarter at Kenan Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports /
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Feb 27, 2016; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Braxton Miller catches a pass during the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 27, 2016; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Braxton Miller catches a pass during the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports /

Braxton Miller

Braxton Miller is the first wide receiver on this list. The former Ohio State quarterback and two time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year had to switch to wide receiver after having injuries to his throwing shoulder. While his senior season at a new position, didn’t go as well as he would’ve like, Miller still showed his playmaking ability and a lot of promise going forward. Due to his production on the field, there is a lot of uncertainty around him. That is most likely the reason why Miller has been rumored as a first all the way to a fifth round pick.

The switch from quarterback to wide receiver has been successful in the NFL before, but never with a player with the playmaking ability like Braxton Miller. Julian Edelman is the closest thing that could compare to Miller. However, with some proper coaching, Miller has the ability to be way better than Edelman. Miller is best suited to be a slot wide receiver in his first year, but would eventually be able to move to the outside. Similar to how Stefon Diggs started his career, even though the slot to outside transition was a lot quicker for Diggs than it will be Miller.

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Cincinnati does however, have a slot receiver for the future in Mario Alford, but passing on Miller would be almost as big as passing on Tyrann Mathieu for Margus Hunt (still can’t believe we did that one).However, Miller is practically a combination of Sanu and Jones. Miller can take the top off of defenses like Jones, but can also work the intermediate level like Sanu. Also, with Miller being a former quarterback, he could always be used in trick plays just as Sanu did.

Miller has been mocked to the Bengals in countless mock drafts and hopefully, Cincinnati’s front office is taking a deeper look at bringing in the product from right down the street. Miller is the type of player the Bengals need and want. He doesn’t get into off the field trouble, he brings excitement on the field and he is reliable to make a few big plays every game. He may just be the type of player Cincinnati needs to get over the playoff hump.

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