After snagging a star offensive lineman in the first round, the Bengals continue to address their offense in the second round by selecting Florida wide receiver Kadarius Toney. With A.J. Green and John Ross III likely to leave Cincinnati in free agency, a big hole is left at the wide receiver position that Auden Tate alone cannot fill.
Toney would bring one key attribute to the Bengals’ offense that neither Tee Higgins nor Tyler Boyd can, speed. The Florida receiver’s speed and shiftiness would give the Bengals lightning in a bottle, something they once hoped to have in top ten pick, Ross. Toney wouldn’t bring just receiving skills to the Bengals’ offense.
Toney can be used in the running game as well. While it’s a lazy comparison, his diverse skillset is hard not to attribute to that of another former Gator, Percy Harvin. Higgins and Boyd would remain as Joe Burrow’s top targets, but Toney would make for one of the best number three options in the NFL.
Burrow and Toney would be sure to punish any defense that focuses all their attention on the top two receivers on the depth chart. While the Bengals’ defense certainly needs an overhaul, their offense is much closer to making them competitive than their defense is.
The Bengals would be smart to recognize that and key in on giving Burrow the keys to a top ten offense.