CBS Sports projects the first tight end to go in the second round with the 49th pick. They project that Trey McBride of Colorado State. to be the first tight end off the board and it would make sense that McBride would be the first tight end drafted.
He was the only tight end to eclipse 1,000 yards in the 2021 season. Not only is he a good receiver, but he could also help provide some much-needed pass-blocking. According to NFL.com’s draft analysis:
"McBride has room for improvement at the point of attack, but possesses the thickness and determination of a true, in-line blocker."
Everyone knows the Bengals need help protecting Burrow and McBride could help in that department. He could also be another weapon in the passing game for other teams to plan against.
It would really come down to if the Bengals want to use a draft pick on a tight end, or if they believe that there is one worth drafting over an offensive lineman. CBS Sports predicts the next three tight ends off the board would be Greg Dulcich from UCLA at 84, Jeremy Ruckert from Ohio St. at 88, and Jalen Wydermyer from Texas A&M at 92.
Drafting a rookie would provide more cap space to go after some offensive lineman in free agency so the Bengals could have some experience in the line and it wouldn’t be a bunch of young guys entrusted to protect Burrow.
Who do you think the Bengals should target for the tight end position?