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Mel Kiper Has Bengals Making Surprising First-Round Pick in Latest Mock Draft

Larry Rupp
Mel Kiper's latest mock draft features the Cincinnati Bengals making a surprising selection with their first-round pick.
Mel Kiper's latest mock draft features the Cincinnati Bengals making a surprising selection with their first-round pick. / Patrick McDermott/Getty Images
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If last NFL season showed anything to the Cincinnati Bengals' coaching staff, it is that they need to build around quarterback Joe Burrow. One way they can do that is through the upcoming NFL draft. With the No. 5 overall pick, they will have their choice between multiple game-changing players.

Mel Kiper has the Bengals taking Florida tight end Kyle Pitts with their first-round pick. this may seem surprising, but Pitts continues to climb up draft boards leading up to April. He made headlines recently by running an unofficial 4.46 40-yard dash at 6-foot-6 and 240 pounds.

Kyle Pitts Bengals

Pitts is the perfect combination of wide receiver and tight end. He racked up 770 yards on 43 receptions (17.9 yards per reception) and scored 12 touchdowns in just eight games played last season. He regularly beat man coverage and showed his versatility by being used as a blocker on many plays.

The skillset that Pitts has should make him a top option for the Bengals. He is a nightmare matchup for opposing defenders and could become Burrow's favorite target very quickly. His size also helps him excel at going up and getting fifty-fifty balls. In fact, he graded as the best receiver in the red zone last season, according to PFF.

The Bengals need to come out of the draft with an offensive playmaker and Pitts checks all of the boxes. Regarded as one of the best tight end prospects in the last decade, Pitts may not fall any further than the No. 5 overall draft pick.


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Larry Rupp is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Larry Rupp also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username phillyfan424. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel. 

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