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The Problem with Kendall Wright


A lot of mock drafts have the Bengals going with Kendall Wright as a first round draft choice to compliment AJ Green. Personally, I think this would be a mistake. First, Wright thrived in the spread offense in the Big 12, which houses some of the most mediocre defenses of all the BCS AQ conferences. It also didn’t hurt that he had Heisman trophy winner RGIII throwing him the football. I think this is a classic case of a receiver thriving under a system. His success in Baylor’s system would not translate well to the balanced West Coast offense directed by offensive coordinator Jay Gruden. This season, AJ Green is going to command a lot of double teams and safety help. Therefore, the secondary and slot receivers will be open more so than in the past. Therefore, we don’t need a receiver like Kendall Wright who blows by corners with his speed and agility. We simply need a decent sized possession receiver who is quick enough and runs sharp enough routes to get open against single man or zone coverage. Look at what TJ Houshmandzadeh was able to do with Carson Palmer once Chad Johnson starting commanding double teams. He didn’t have elite speed, but he ran great routes and was consistent in catching the football. In addition, Wright had a devastating combine. His speed, athleticism, and body were not where many scouts expected him to be. I think drafting Wright in the first round would be a big reach. Secondary receivers are a dime a dozen these days. Would bringing back Jerome Simpson really be that bad? Simpson, Green, Shipley, and Gresham? I think that’s a pretty elite receiving core for Andy Dalton. Regardless, I think the Bengals will look for a receiver at some point in this draft. The only receiver I would take in the first round is Michael Floyd. If he isn’t available, I would address other positions first, like safety, corner, guard, defensive tackle, and linebacker. Thoughts?

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Cincy Jungle's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Cincy Jungle's writers or editors.

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