At this point, it would be a shock if the Bengals don't draft a wide receiver in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft.
Not only is it easily the team's biggest need heading into the draft, but there's no other position in desperate need of being addressed, especially when it comes to the 2016 season. You could make arguments for spots like defensive tackle, cornerback or safety being needs because of age and/or impending free agents at those positions in 2017, but the Bengals need to approach this draft with a 'win-now' mentality.
That's why wide receiver should be the first position addressed in the draft. With that in mind, it's not surprising to see Cincinnati setting up a workout with a first-round prospect at the position.
I'm told former #TCU WR Josh Doctson has workouts and/or visits scheduled with the #Vikings, #Browns and #Bengals.— Rand Getlin (@Rand_Getlin) March 22, 2016
Doctson was easily one of the of the three or four best receivers in college football in 2015. Despite an injury costing him three games, Doctson still managed to catch 71 passes for 1,250 yards (19 avg.) with 14 touchdowns through the first eight games of the season.
A wrist injury suffered in the ninth game led to Doctson just catching seven passes for 76 yards over his final two games before he was shut down for the rest of the season. That led to his stock dropping a bit to the point he's not even considered a first-round lock.
In addition to Doctson, the Bengals have also met with Baylor's Corey Coleman at the NFL Scouting Combine. Depending on who you ask, Doctson's stock ranges from being the top receiver in the draft, to someone outside the top five players at the position.
Bleacher Report's Matt Miller recently said Doctson is his fourth-best receiver, even going as far as to rank him behind Ohio State's Michael Thomas.
WR ranks: Michael Thomas, Laquon Treadwell, Corey Coleman, Josh Doctson, Will Fuller https://t.co/JNOtDGe1If— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) March 22, 2016
Thomas is someone that, at least in terms of mock drafts, is projected to fall into Round 2. Personally, having watched all of these receivers, none of them stands out enough from the others, which could lead to good cases for any of them being ranked in any order.
Most rankings seem to have Ole Miss' Laquon Treadwell ranked as the top receiver, but we probably shouldn't be too surprised at whichever of the five aforementioned names are left on the board at pick 24. It looks like it will come down to team's individualized opinions on each player and how they fit in the team's system.
As a former Horned Frog, quarterback Andy Dalton would likely be fast to bond with Doctson.
The questions that remain are which of the top wide receiver prospects do the Bengals think are worthy of the 24th pick and will the player or those players, be available when the Bengals are on the clock?