2. Drew Sample (Washington)
Fans were surprised in 2019 when Zac Taylor chose Washington tight end Drew Sample in the second round of his first NFL draft. Sample had 46 receptions, 487 yards, and five touchdowns in his four seasons with the Huskies. He was considered the best blocking back coming out of college.
With so many problems with the Bengals’ offensive line, Sample was used mainly for blocking his rookie year until an ankle injury ended his season.
In 2020, Sample took over as the starter at tight end when Uzomah tore his Achilles, which ended his season. Sample had some solid catches but struggled at times with drops, finishing with 40 receptions for 349 yards.
Coach Taylor has confidence in Drew Sample’s abilities headed into this season. This year, he should split time with Hayden Hurst, the newly acquired free agency. Sample should continue his role as a consistent blocker for Joe Burrow and an occasional receiver when needed.