Cincinnati Bengals: 6 bold predictions for the 2021 rookie class

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Cincinnati Bengals Rookie Class Bold Predictions

Evan McPherson will make a field goal over 55 yards this year.

As far as “bold predictions” go for kickers, the options are fairly limited, but the selection of Florida’s Evan McPherson should finally give the Bengals a big leg on special teams.

I have been on record defending Randy Bullock, who performed ably for the Bengals over the last few years with an accurate leg. However, even the most ardent Bullock supporters would admit that his distance was severely lacking, to the point the Bengals would refuse to even attempt long field goals with Bullock. Last year’s replacement Austin Seibert did not fill that distance void on the team either.

McPherson should ease the coaches’ fears about attempting long field goals, as he has proven his reliability beyond 50 yards at Florida. On eight attempts, McPherson converted five, including a 55-yarder last season.

McPherson’s 55-yard field goal from last season would have gone in from 60 or 65 yards, though. His mechanics are ruthlessly efficient and effectively generate power, so he should only continue to add potential distance as he gains strength.

As long as the Bengals change their conservative special teams play-calling following the departure of Bullock, McPherson should get his chance from 55+. With his leg strength and accuracy, that kick will go in.