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Cincinnati Bengals Post Super Bowl 7 Round Mock Draft

LINCOLN, NE - SEPTEMBER 10: Linebacker Logan Wilson #30 of the Wyoming Cowboys pushes quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. #4 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on September 10, 2016 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska defeated Wyoming 52-14. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)
LINCOLN, NE - SEPTEMBER 10: Linebacker Logan Wilson #30 of the Wyoming Cowboys pushes quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. #4 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on September 10, 2016 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska defeated Wyoming 52-14. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images) /
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ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN – SEPTEMBER 28: Donovan Peoples-Jones #9 of the Michigan Wolverines makes a first-quarter catch next to Damon Hayes #22 of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Michigan Stadium on September 28, 2019, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN – SEPTEMBER 28: Donovan Peoples-Jones #9 of the Michigan Wolverines makes a first-quarter catch next to Damon Hayes #22 of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Michigan Stadium on September 28, 2019, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) /

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.

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