3 Tight Ends the Bengals Can Target to Pair With Joe Burrow
The Cincinnati Bengals are fully expected to select LSU quarterback Joe Burrow with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. While Cincinnati actually has some solid skill-position players for a team drafting first, in Joe Mixon, Tyler Boyd, John Ross and A.J. Green (when healthy), one thing they don't have is a good tight end.
They have four tight ends on the roster, with C.J Uzomah atop the depth chart, which isn't exactly reassuring. A tight end can be a huge safety net for a rookie quarterback, so getting a viable option there this offseason, whether through free agency or the draft, should be a priority for the Bengals.
With that in mind, let's take a look at three tight ends the Bengals could target to pair with Joe Burrow in his rookie season.
1. Ricky Seals-Jones
Ideally, you would like to bring in someone on the younger side for Burrow so they have a chance to build chemistry for more than a year or two. Ricky Seals-Jones fits the bill at 25 years old. The young tight end has shown flashes when given the chance, averaging at least 16.0 yards per reception in two of three seasons, but he hasn't been given a real opportunity as a full-time starter. With Cincinnati, he would have that chance and could prove to be a great low-risk option.
2. Thaddeus Moss
Reuniting Burrow with his college tight end is also a real option, and Cincy might be able to wait until the third round to get it done. Moss was a focal point on an LSU team that won the National Championship and was statistically the greatest offense in college football history. The biggest thing for a rookie quarterback is trying to make him as comfortable as possible in the NFL, and bringing in one of his former teammates and favorite targets from college is a great place to start. Thaddeus Moss caught 47 passes for 570 yards and 4 touchdowns in his lone season at LSU.
3. Cole Kmet
Cole Kmet is widely regarded as the top tight end in the 2020 NFL Draft. While he might not have the familiarity with Burrow that Moss does, his talent is undeniable. He will probably cost a second-round pick, but if he can be the starting tight end for years to come then that would make him worth the price tag. With a 6-foot-6-inch frame, Kmet hauled in 43 catches for 515 yards and 6 touchdowns last season for Notre Dame . If he can produce anything close to that for the Bengals next year he will be a welcomed addition.
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