NFL Network’s Mike Mayock provided some inputs in a recent article on NFL.com regarding the Bengals’ possible motivations at the top of the draft. Here it is:
Wide receiver and tight end make a lot of sense for the Bengals at No. 21. For instance, Jermaine Gresham, the tight end from Oklahoma, if he’s 100 percent healthy from the ACL injury last year, if he runs well and catches well at the combine, I think you have to look at him.
You have to look at it compared to who’s going to be out there at wide receiver and if you think Gresham provides more in the pass game because you need a big-play person in that offense. And if you think that tight end can alleviate some of the pressure on the outside guys, that’s great. Then go with a tight end.
I think Gresham might be there. If not, Rob Gronkowski, the tight end from Arizona, is interesting for the same reasons. Both were hurt and didn’t play a snap last year. Cincinnati has really got to evaluate those two tight ends. Both are big enough and strong enough to be inline tight ends, and they can be H-backs and move guys. I don’t usually talk about tight ends in the first round unless I think they can become blockers, which both of these guys can. They understand leverage and they can block well enough to play tight end in the NFL.
And then the Bengals have to compare the tight ends to the wide receivers they may have an opportunity to pick. Dez Bryant is going to be gone. Where is Benn? Where is Thomas? How highly do they feel about Golden Tate or Brandon LaFell. And I think those are some of the questions they’re asking right now.
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