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Why Bengals should target Clemson WR Tee Higgins in the 2nd round

Tee Higgins knows Cincinnati Bengals fans should obviously be excited about the upcoming NFL Draft. Slotted with the No. 1 overall pick, the Bengals will likely be picking Heisman winner Joe Burrow — one of the most exciting quarterback prospects in recent years.

And while they have some promising weapons on the offense such as Joe Mixon, John Ross and Tyler Boyd, a team can never have enough offensive weapons. Especially when you’re likely going to throw a rookie quarterback straight into the fire.

With A.J. Green’s future in Cincinnati uncertain, the Bengals should look to add another top receiver prospect to their mix. Clemson wideout Tee Higgins is currently projected by CBS Sports as the fourth-best receiver prospect in the 2020 class, giving him a late first-round, early second-round grade.

If Tee Higgins does end up on Cincinnati’s lap with pick No. 33, the team should no doubt pull the trigger. Assuming that the Bengals let longtime star A.J. Green go, there will be a serious lack of receiver production from the other pass-catchers not named Tyler Boyd.

Coming in at 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds, Tee Higgins already possesses an NFL-ready frame. Actually, Higgins’ size is comparable to Green’s.

Couple his frame with elite athleticism for his size and NFL scouts will likely be salivating over Higgins by the time the combine is finished. While he’s no John Ross in terms of speed and quickness, Higgins will be able to do enough at the next level to separate himself from opposing defensive backs.

While sometimes criticized for being a bit stiff at times, an impressive catch radius and ability to play through contact are more than enough to warrant an early-second-round pick.

The Tennessee native has been one of the best receivers in all of college football the last two seasons and while he may have benefitted from having Trevor Lawrence throw him the ball, Higgins’ production is nothing to scoff at.

In his sophomore and junior seasons combined, Higgins recorded 118 catches for 2,103 yards and 25 touchdowns while also throwing in a rushing touchdown in 2019 for good measure

Higgins hasn’t really shown off an overly impressive route tree but again, when you have a star like Lawrence throwing you the ball, you don’t really need to.

Due to his size and physical traits, Higgins may very well not last until round two. However, if he does, the Bengals should see a perfect opportunity to replace a talent like Green, add to a promising, young core of wideout and provide assumed future quarterback Joe Burrow with a weapon for the future.