Bengals fans are itching to see their rookie quarterback Joe Burrow play but there are six other first-year players to be excited about.
The Bengals had one of the most exciting offseasons in franchise history in 2020. Spending big money in free agency was an uncharacteristic move that showed fans that the Cincinnati front office is finally committed to winning. All of this was done to put a solid team around their eventual first overall pick, LSU quarterback Joe Burrow.
However, the Bengals had six more draft picks after Burrow. All of these players bring their own strengths to the team and should all give fans reasons for excitement. Due to the excitement around Burrow, these rookies have fallen through the cracks and gotten less attention, but fans should be watching them closely as well.
Regardless of talent, rookies don’t always have the ideal first seasons. While it’s nice to expect all of your team’s first-year players to impress right away, the NFL is a tough league to adapt to and even the best prospects can struggle to do so. Because of this, the Bengals’ rookies will have varying results.
It can be hard to predict these results because sometimes things don’t go as expected. Occasionally, the seventh-round pick has a solid rookie year while the second-round pick disappoints. From time to time, a fourth-round rookie goes to the Pro Bowl in their first year. The draft is an imprecise science and more often than not the results are nowhere near expectations.
Predictions for first overall pick Burrow’s rookie year have been all over the place leading up to training camp, but the other rookies have not gotten nearly as much attention. In this article, we take a look at predictions for the six rookies not named Joe Burrow.