The Cincinnati Bengals finally address a need at one of their most depleted position groups. With the 65th pick of the 2020 NFL Draft, the Bengals select Logan Wilson, Linebacker Wyoming. The Bengals started off the third-round by selecting a player that they are hopeful will contribute the first day he steps into the locker room. This pick comes just moments after acquiring a high-powered explosive offensive talent in Clemson wide receiver, Tee Higgins. This latest selection looks to add similar explosiveness on the opposite side of the football.
Last year’s day-two of the draft left Bengal fans scratching their heads as the team selected TE Drew Sample. Sample – a reach in the second round – failed to produce on the field in his rookie outing. This year, however, the front office looks to avoid that mistake and selects two individuals who seemingly are reading to contribute day one.
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In a division with Lamar Jackson and Ravens’ offense on top, having a LB with elite tackling ability and that can cover downfield is a must. The front office believe they will have that in Logan Wilson. A natural three-down back who brings with him a high football IQ and instinctive play can only help a defense ranked near the bottom of the league. Wilson will join second-year player Germaine Pratt and free-agent acquisition Josh Bynes as the centerpieces in the Linebacker room.
As fans of the organization continue celebrating this team’s early draft success, Duke Tobin and Zac Taylor continue their work. Day three certainly won’t produce the same amount of excitement for fans that the selections of Joe Burrow and Tee Higgins did. However, for a team that still has a plethora of question marks on the roster – hitting on late draft picks is a must. Fortunately, having the opportunity to coach at this year’s Senior Bowl gives them an advantage from an evaluation standpoint. Offensive line remains a spot of weakness. Look for the Bengals to start off day three targeting what’s left in that position’s pool of draft hopefuls.