2021 NFL Draft: 4 mid-round receivers the Cincinnati Bengals should target

WEST LAFAYETTE, IN - SEPTEMBER 07: Rondale Moore #4 of the Purdue Boilermakers runs the ball during the game against the Vanderbilt Commodores at Ross-Ade Stadium on September 7, 2019 in West Lafayette, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
WEST LAFAYETTE, IN - SEPTEMBER 07: Rondale Moore #4 of the Purdue Boilermakers runs the ball during the game against the Vanderbilt Commodores at Ross-Ade Stadium on September 7, 2019 in West Lafayette, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) /
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Bengals receiver targets: Cade Johnson – South Dakota State

A zero-star recruit out of high school, Cade Johnson burst onto the scene at SDSU as a return threat. During his sophomore year, he proved to be much more than a returner.

In 2018 alone, Johnson brought in 67 receptions for 1,332 yards and 17 touchdowns. He followed that up with 72 receptions for 1,222 yards and 8 touchdowns in 2019.

While Johnson’s 2020 season was canceled, he decided to enter the NFL Draft and was invited to the Senior Bowl where he took advantage of the opportunity. He dominated the one on ones against some of the top defenders going into the NFL Draft and showed off his incredible ball skills reeling in a one-hander with a defender draped all over him.

Johnson is 5’10”,186 pounds, and could offer more than some of the smaller speedy prospects already listed. He could be an absolute steal in the 4th round.

The Cincinnati Bengals have to get better at the deep ball and getting one of these speedsters could be the ticket to unloading Joe Burrow and Zac Taylor’s full potential, especially if LSU wideout Ja’Marr Chase isn’t available when the team comes on the clock in the first round.

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