The Cincinnati Bengals have a solid receiver group surrounding Joe Burrow as they head into his second season. They have arguably the best slot receiver in Tyler Boyd. They spent a high draft pick on Tee Higgins last season when they selected him with the 33rd overall pick. Auden Tate is no slouch either. However, the expected loss of A.J. Green leaves the Bengals with a need for a third receiver. Who could the front office target in the middle rounds of the 2021 NFL Draft to fill that void?
Rondale Moore – Purdue
Rondale Moore was one of the most explosive players during the 2018 college season. As a true freshman at Purdue University, he won the Paul Hornung Award given to the most versatile collegiate player.
In his freshman season alone, Moore racked up 114 receptions for 1,258 yards and 12 touchdowns. Unfortunately, he dealt with hamstring issues throughout his sophomore campaign and struggled during his limited playtime after initially opting out in 2020.
Even with his recent struggles, Moore’s speed and strength could make him a valuable asset to the Bengals’ offense. In high school, he was said to run a sub 4.4 40 yard dash and during his freshman year at Purdue, he squatted 600 pounds.
Moore is short in stature at 5’9″, but his dynamic speed and strength could take Cincinnati’s offense to the next level. He could be available in the second round at pick 38, and could even tank to the third round if teams are scared of his injury history.