Cincinnati Bengals Post Super Bowl 7 Round Mock Draft
The Bengals third-round selection will be extremely telling of whether they are drafting for need or truly the best player available. The initial instinct is to go with a linebacker here, but with the way boards are falling, the value at wide receiver is just too good to pass up.
Donovan Peoples-Jones entered college as the number one wide-receiver recruit in the nation. It’s easy to see why he earned that honor when considering the burst he employs with his impressive frame (6’2″, 210 pounds). In his best season for the Wolverines, he hauled in 8 touchdown passes, going for over 600 yards.
While that stat line is admirable, it’s only a fraction of what Peoples-Jones is capable of. His athletic profile seems to suggest that he’s capable of producing at a higher level. Perhaps it was simply Michigan’s scheme that held him back somewhat.
The 20-year-old wide-out fits into the Bengals wide receiver room extremely well. His bigger frame means he’s less susceptible to injury, which is obviously a good thing for a Bengals unit that has fallen victim to players going down. Beyond that, he has plenty of experience as a returner, giving the team another weapon in that regard. Combine those two things with the fact that he has big-play potential, and he seems like the perfect addition in Cincinnati.