With the 55th overall pick in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft, the Cincinnati Bengals selected Pittsburgh wide receiver Tyler Boyd.
Boyd finished his college career at Pitt as the all-time leader in receptions (254) and receiving yards (3,361) and did it in just three seasons, declaring for the NFL Draft following his junior year. A three-year starter at Pitt, Boyd was named a first-team All-ACC wide receiver by the coaches and media in both 2014 and 2015. Boyd averaged 24.4 yards on kickoff returns and 8.8 yards on punt returns during his time at Pitt, which could be an added bonus for Cincinnati if they opt to use him on special teams and possibly look to push Brandon Tate off the roster.
Boyd has a strong work ethic and is a competitive player. He has great body control and ability to move around in space and has experience on the outside as well as in the slot. Boyd is known as a solid route runner who reads defenses well. Some of his weaknesses include lacking power to resist tackles and run blocking. His size, 6-foot-1, 197 pounds has been a concern for some scouts.
Bengals tight ends coach Jonathan Hayes attended Pitt Pro Day and Boyd met with the Bengals at the NFL Combine where the team asked him Civil War-related questions during a formal interview, according to an interview Boyd did with TribLIVE Radio. Boyd admitted he didn't know which battle was the answer to the team's question.
In the TribLIVE interview, Boyd was asked about what he thought about the potential of playing with guys like Adam Jones and Vontaze Burfict. Boyd gave a good answer and now, he actually will be playing with the Bengals' defensive duo.
"I would feel exactly like I was in the Civil War, because those guys are warriors and guys will help me get better and excel my talents in every area. Besides that, I know I'll probably be hated in Pittsburgh because that's their rival. But hopefully I keep the same support," Boyd said in the interview.
Listen to the full interview here; Boyd starts talking about the Bengals around the 8 minute and 20 second mark.
With this pick, the Bengals have filled the biggest need of the offseason in finding a long-term replacement for Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu who left in free agency. What's left to be seen is how effectively Boyd can fill that hole. It's sure to be one of the biggest questions of the offseason.
You can learn more about Boyd from this ESPN Sports Science video, which explains how Boyd has the brain and quick feet to make him a steal in this year's draft.
The Bengals' biggest remaining needs heading into Round 3 are: DT, DE, OL, S
How to Watch the NFL Draft, Rounds 2-3
Date: Fri., April 29
Time: 7 p.m. ET
TV: NFL Network, ESPN
Bengals next pick: 87
How to Watch the NFL Draft, Rounds 4-7
Date: Sat., April 30
Time: 12 p.m. ET
TV: NFL Network, ESPN
Bengals picks: Pick No. 122, No. 161, No. 199, No. 245.
The complete draft order for the second and third rounds is as follows: