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Tyler Boyd tabbed as instant-impact rookie who can do it all

Experts expect the rookie receiver to make an instant impact for the Bengals.

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Prior to the 2016 NFL Draft, there was a heavy outcry from Bengal fans urging the team to select an immediate-impact wide receiver to fill the void left by Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu. With Tyler Boyd, the Bengals hope that void will be filled.

Many analysts believe the Bengals filled the hole with the best possible solution. Boyd is an extremely talented receiver, whose reliable hands and versatility stand out, which is what Cincinnati needs to help offset the losses of Sanu and Jones.

ESPN's Coley Harvey believes Boyd can become "the Bengals' new Mr. Do-Everything receiver," due to the receiver's versatility that Bengals wide receiver coach James Urban heavily praised.

"There's Sanu-esque things in the versatility he provides," Urban said, per Harvey. "We think we got a good football player, and we're going to find ways to take advantage of his skill set."

Boyd will certainly have an opportunity to stand out; behind A.J. Green, the positions on the wide receiver depth chart seem open for the taking. ESPN's Mel Kiper also seems to believe that the former Pitt wideout can make a big impact for his new team:

"Tyler Boyd, WR: Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu soaked up 153 targets last season, and neither is around in 2016, which means the Bengals have a clear opportunity for a No. 2 wideout to emerge next to A.J. Green. Boyd has the talent to be another weapon for Andy Dalton in this offense."

Boyd will land somewhere on the Bengals' depth chart, most likely as either the second, third or fourth wide receiver, depending on how he performs prior to the start of the season. He can immediately remedy the Bengals' loss of Mohamed Sanu, playing out of the slot and hopefully providing another safety blanket along with Green and Tyler Eifert. The Bengals' red zone offense was among the league's best in 2015, and with Boyd, it could be even better in 2016.

The newest receiver on the Bengals will definitely have a learning curve, but it's the opportunity to make an immediate impact that could potentially help him become one of the best wide receivers in his draft class.

Traditionally, Cincinnati likes to ease rookies into the lineup, but as of recently, the Bengals' second-rounders have all been able to make an impact in some fashion. Last season, Jake Fisher was the backup at nearly every position on the offensive line. In 2014 and 2013, Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard carved out huge roles for themselves. And in 2011, of course, Andy Dalton became the team's starting quarterback as soon as he was drafted.

Hopefully, Boyd can be the next second-round rookie to step up for Cincinnati.