If the Bengals do not draft LSU wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase in the second round, North Carolina wideout Dyami Brown could be a perfect scheme fit in the second round. Pro Football Focus proposes that the Bengals draft Oregon offensive tackle Penei Sewell in the first round and Brown in the second.
Brown is promised as the replacement for Bengals legend A.J. Green as a WR on the left side. In three seasons at North Carolina, Brown had 123 receptions for 2,306 yards, 18.7 yards per receptions and 21 touchdowns. In the last two seasons, Brown had 106 receptions for 2,133 yards and 20 TDs. Brown tested well at UNC Pro Day.
At 6’1, 195 pounds and a 4.46 40-yard dash Brown would be ready to step in and contribute as a rookie. After not adding a WR in free agency the Bengals should be expected to select a WR in the first two days of the 2021 NFL Draft. Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins are the clear top two WRs for Cincinnati entering the 2021 season.
In addition to Green landing in Arizona, Giovanni Bernard who was the running back receiver for Cincinnati was cut earlier this month and signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Tight end Drew Sample is the leading returning receiver for Cincinnati behind Boyd and Higgins with 40 receptions for 349 yards and one TD.
Dyami Brown NFL Pro Day numbers
Pick 38: WR Dyami Brown, UNC
Now we get our outside receiver to pair with slot guy Tyler Boyd and wideout Tee Higgins. Brown lined up at an outside alignment on over 98% of the Tar Heels’ snaps last year, specifically on the left.
Former Bengals receiver A.J. Green played 83% of his snaps last season on the outside and also mostly on the left, but he departed in free agency. It’s a perfect “scheme fit,” and you’re hoping Burrow can actually find a connection with Brown in the way he couldn’t with Green last season.
There’s going to be a glut of good receivers available to the Bengals at Pick 38, so I think they should go for a tackle and then a receiver.
The Bengals need someone else to step up in the passing game. Sample is a reliable receiver, but not much of a threat. Auden Tate was third among the Cincinnati WRs with 14 receptions for 150 yards without a TD. The Bengals need a playmaking receiver, not just someone who can be reliable and help move the chains.
If Cincinnati does not choose a WR in the first round, Brown can become a player to complement Boyd and Higgins and provide second-year quarterback Joe Burrow with three playmaking WRs. In the modern era of the NFL success on offense is dependent on multiple playmakers at the skill positions on offense.