The NFL Scouting Combine has come and gone, which means draftniks and gurus are frantically updating their mock drafts.
ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay just released his NFL Mock Draft 3.0, and he still has the Bengals taking a receiver with the 24th pick. That's what he had in his previous two versions with the first featuring Notre Dame pass-catcher Will Fuller, while 2.0 had Ohio State's Braxton Miller being the pick.
Now, McShay has Fuller and Miller bounced out of the first round, and this time, he's going with TCU All-American Josh Doctson for the Bengals:
24. Cincinnati Bengals
Josh Doctson, WR, TCU
Doctson is the best WR in this year's class at attacking the ball when it's in the air. With a good frame (6-2, 202), a wide catch radius (41-inch vertical) and big hands (nearly 10 inches), the former Horned Frog has a chance to develop into a reliable deep threat at the next level. If Vernon Butler and/or Jarran Reed fell this far, they would both be possibilities since depth is a question in the middle of the Bengals' defense.
Doctson is coming off a nice showing at the NFL Scouting Combine, where he tied for the highest vertical jump (41"), had the second-best broad jump (10'11"), third-best 20-yard shuttle (4.08 seconds) and third-best 60-yard shuttle (11.06 seconds). All of those showed off the explosion, athleticism and acceleration that made him one of college football's best receivers the past two years.
The 6-foot-2, 202-pound pass-catcher likely moved up draft boards this weekend with his performance after being a fringe first-rounder before the combine. According to SB Nation’s Zach Whitman, only 13 WRs in the last 17 draft classes have matched Doctson’s speed, vertical jump, broad jump and height.
Over the last 17 draft classes, there have been only 13 wide receivers to match the speed, vertical, broad, and height of Josh Doctson.— Zach Whitman (@zjwhitman) February 27, 2016
That group includes Calvin, Allen, and Andre Johnson. (as well as Greg Little and Justin Hunter, but Doctson is good at football)— Zach Whitman (@zjwhitman) February 27, 2016
While it was without pads and contact, it was easy to see the freakish athleticism and body control that make Doctson a special player:
We you, Josh Doctson. #NFLCombine https://t.co/7DrlPu4UgL— NFL (@NFL) February 27, 2016
I'd personally be very happy with Doctson at 24, even if the Bengals do re-sign either Marvin Jones or Mohamed Sanu. You can never have too many pass-catchers in today's NFL. Adding a guy like Doctson would certainly keep the Bengals offense among the league's best even after losing Hue Jackson this offseason.
At the same time, I don't anticipate the Bengals will take any receiver at 24 if they get Jones re-signed, which appears to be at or near the top of their to-do list before free agency opens. The Bengals are so close to contending for a Super Bowl that landing an impact player with their first pick could be what finally gets them over the hump.
Here's a breakdown of (almost) every NFL mock draft on the internet and which prospects are getting mocked to the Bengals most frequently:
If the Bengals do end up drafting a receiver, who do you like, regardless of what round he would likely be picked in?