That's just how thin they are at the position right now with the offseason departures of Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones. We probably should expect Cincinnati to approach this draft with a similar approach as they did in that 2012 draft that landed them Sanu in Round 3 and Jones in Round 5.
At the time, Jones was actually viewed as the more polished prospect who would come in and make an impact over the course of his rookie contract.
Sanu was viewed as the developmental guy who may develop into a star by the time his rookie deal was up. Though he never actually reached that point, the Atlanta Falcons paid him like they thought he would, but that's a story for another day.
Point being, the Bengals will probably look to draft a receiver ready to play now and then get one who's more of a high-upside guy that needs more work. Think Braxton Miller, a former quarterback who just moved to receiver this past season and showed flashes of greatness, but finished the year with just 26 catches for 314 yards and three touchdowns. He also chipped in 42 rushes for 260 yards and another score.
As it turns out, Miller has not only worked out for the Bengals, but is working out with a former Bengals great in Chad Johnson.
Just talked to the kid @BraxtonMiller5, he's coming down to Miami to work w/ the boy, feet & routes gonna be in rookie camp.— Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) April 15, 2016
Supaaaaaaa!!!! https://t.co/7980tz608C— BRAXTON MILLER (@BraxtonMiller5) April 15, 2016
There's no question Miller is going to need a lot of work this year if he even wants to sniff an NFL field come time for the regular season. He's still very raw and learning his position as he looks to play it at the highest level.
But that doesn't mean with hard work and dedication that Miller won't reach greatness. It's good to see he's working with a receiver who was among the NFL's best during the 2000s. Hopefully Chad can help Braxton reach his fullest potential.