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Bengals 2016 Draft: Analyzing Bengals' selection of Pittsburgh WR Tyler Boyd

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The Cincinnati Bengals selected University of Pittsburgh wide receiver Tyler Boyd with the 55th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. What does he bring to the team and was he the correct choice at that spot for Cincinnati?

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The pick is in. The Cincinnati Bengals got their receiver, an extremely versatile wide receiver out of the University of Pittsburgh, Tyler Boyd, with the 55th pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.

The selection of Boyd finally answers the question of who the Bengals will select to replace Marvin Jones at the wide receiver position. Boyd will look to beat out Brandon LaFell in training camp and eventually become the number two receiver opposite A.J. Green for years to come in Cincinnati and Marvin Lewis even said that he expects Boyd could be a contributor from Week 1. "He ran the football, threw the football. He's a lot like what (Mohamed Sanu) was for us," Lewis said following the pick selection.

What Boyd brings to the Bengals:

Immediate impact: Boyd figures to compete for the opening day slot position. He's tough, confident, competitive, and as a result, he dominated throughout his college career. For what it's worth, Boyd put up better college numbers than Larry Fitzgerald. Granted, Boyd played one more season of college football, but still, it's worth noting. He also broke a few of Larry Fitzgerald's freshman records.

Toughness and grit: It sounds cliché, but it's very true. Boyd competes for every pass, catching nearly every pass in his catch radius. He plays with great body control and hands; according to Pro Football Focus, Boyd dropped just 10 of 182 catchable passes over the course of the past two seasons. He's a reliable receiver, and he will add to the Bengals' already lethal red zone offense.

Excellent route-running ability: Every scout who has evaluated Boyd seems to love his ability to run routes. And when it comes to NFL-readiness, a wide receiver's route-running ability is one of the most telling indicators of whether he can come in and contribute immediately.

Versatility and special teams: Brandon Tate finally has some competition. Boyd is an excellent return specialist, and he even played some running back in college. When it comes to his ability at the wide receiver position, Boyd can play inside or outside, though he's best suited inside. It's worth noting that Pro Football Focus believes his best route in college was the post.

Why Boyd to the Bengals makes sense:

Immediate impact: As I mentioned, the Bengals need a receiver who can come in and contribute from Day 1. Boyd may not be the number two wide receiver on the roster, but he can still contribute from the slot position and potentially as a special-teamer. Whether he's returning kicks, serving as gunner or filling another role on special teams, Boyd's competitiveness and willingness to do whatever it takes to make an impact almost guarantee that he'll be lining up in some special teams plays, though we all hope it will be as a return specialist, which he has experience with.

Fills a positional need: Many Bengal fans, myself included, would've liked to see the Bengals bolster the defensive line, but ultimately, Boyd will play a critical role opposite A.J. Green for the next several years. Keep in mind, the Bengals aren't concerned with taking a player who will eventually become the team's top receiver. A.J. Green has a lock on that role for what could be the next decade; Boyd makes sense as a nice complement to he and Tyler Eifert.

Screw you, Pittsburgh: Steeler fans love Tyler Boyd, as he grew up an admitted Steeler fan. Now, however, he'll don the orange and black in Cincinnati, facing his once-favorite team two times every year. Many Steeler fans, despite Pittsburgh already being loaded at receiver, wanted to see their favorite wideout in the Draft fall into their laps in the second round. Unfortunately for them, it didn't happen. Instead, they ended up with Maryland safety Sean Davis, who many believe was a reach.

And, as for those Pittsburgh Steelers, this is what Boyd has to say: