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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Oct 17, 2015; Waco, TX, USA; Baylor Bears wide receiver Corey Coleman (1) catches a pass and runs for a touchdown against the West Virginia Mountaineers during the second half at McLane Stadium. The Bears defeat the Mountaineers 62-38. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 17, 2015; Waco, TX, USA; Baylor Bears wide receiver Corey Coleman (1) catches a pass and runs for a touchdown against the West Virginia Mountaineers during the second half at McLane Stadium. The Bears defeat the Mountaineers 62-38. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports /

Corey Coleman

The former Baylor Bears wide receiver is the most complete wide receiver in this draft class. The winner of the Fred Biletnikoff Award, does everything very well and if it wasn’t for Laquan Treadwell, he would be everyone’s top wide receiver. Coleman is decent size at 5’11 190lbs, but where he lacks in size he makes up in speed. Coleman ran a 4.37 at the Bears’ NFL pro day.

In 2015, Coleman caught 74 passes and put up 1,363 yards, while also leading the country in touchdowns with 20. During his time at Baylor, Coleman used his speed to get pass any corner opposite of him and always demanded double coverage every time he stepped on the field. Of course, in the NFL speed alone will not be enough to get open, but, Coleman’s route running is impeccable.

Since he came from a spread offense, it only benefits him. At Baylor, Coleman had to prove his route running ability my winning at quick routes and going deep. A wide receiver in a spread offense has to know every route and has to be able to run each one. Coleman runs just about every route well but, he does struggle in the intermediate level. However, that small part of his game can be fixed in  practice.

Coleman is very well rounded and if he is on the board when Cincinnati is up, there should be no hesitation as to who the Bengals will pick. He would excel being able to play across from A.J. Green and Tyler Eifert.

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