If the Cincinnati Bengals do the expected and select Joe Burrow, they should consider pairing him with these playmakers.
At this point, it seems impossible that the Cincinnati Bengals are going to pass on the Ohio native Joe Burrow, given all the reports in the last few weeks and even months leading up to the draft. After acquiring the LSU product, the focus should shift towards giving him as many weapons as possible.
Many analysts and scouts believe that this is the best wide receiver draft class in the last decade. However, organizations still need to find the best receiver that fits their franchise quarterback’s strengths. Here, we take a look at some receivers the Bengals should consider pairing with Burrow to fit his style.
1. Michael Pittman Jr.
Michael Pittman Jr. is a receiver who a lot of Bengals fans feel that the front office could draft in the second or third round because he is a nightmare to cover for defensive backs.
He fits perfectly with Burrow as a receiver who loves to go over the middle, run after the catch, and get down the field on a streak route. This is especially great for Burrow, who throws an accurate deep ball. Pittman was also a weapon on special teams, blocking punts and even returning one for a Touchdown in college at USC.
2. Gabriel Davis
When looking at Gabriel Davis, it’s hard not to be reminded of Odell Beckham Jr., who had a similar physical presence and stat line in college. Davis is another receiver that could be a deep threat for Burrow to throw to. He may be there in the 3rd round as the Bengals look to find a possible replacement to A.J. Green in case he leaves for free agency next year.
3. Denzel Mims
There’s a great chance that Denzel Mims will be picked at the end of the first round. In the event he is there at 33, the Bengals will have to think long and hard about their selection.
He has a large catch radius and is tough at the point of attack. This gives him the ability to take on any defensive back in a one on one battle. Mims and a healthy Green would be a nightmare along with Tyler Boyd and John Ross in the wide receiver room.
4. Antonio Gandy Golden
Antonio Gandy Golden may be a name many have never heard of. However, Bengals’ fans may want to keep an eye on him because he is another type of receiver that Burrow could thrive with. His size allows him to make highlight-reel catches look easy and he has a knack for tracking deep balls well. This could give the Bengals a potential home run hitter.
5. Devin Duvernay
When discussing this year’s wide receiver class, it’s impossible to overlook Devin Duvernay. The Bengals can use him in a variety of roles. He can be used in the slot but he can also be a great downfield receiver. If Zac Taylor and company can take advantage of his incredible speed, he can make plenty of plays in the screen game.
The mentality he brings would also be an added advantage. He enjoys imposing his will and brings it while blocking. This could be especially useful as the Bengals battle in the physical AFC North.