Tight end is unlikely to be a huge part of the Bengals gameplan in the 2020 season. It wasn’t in 2019, and it wasn’t for the Rams when Zac Taylor was the quarterback’s coach. The Bengals already have C.J. Uzomah and 2019 second-round pick Drew Sample, so their primary tight ends are in place. So why take a tight end? Longtime Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert left the team to play for the Jacksonville Jaguars, and the Bengals roster could use a third tight end to round out the group.
Cheyenne O’Grady is a talented player who could eventually develop into getting an actual role in the Bengals offense. He has the most touchdowns by a tight end in Arkansas’ history and that is against stiff competition in players like Hunter Henry and Jeremy Sprinkle. The Arkansas tight end is an above-average athlete with solid hands. He may never be a TE1 for an offense but could be seen as an interesting developmental prospect for the Bengals.
The red flag for O’Grady is that he left Razorbacks midseason in 2019. There was some confusion around the reasoning behind this and it could lead teams to be scared to pull the trigger on spending a draft pick on him. If the Bengals are willing to take the character risk, they could add the tight end with their sixth-round pick.