The Cincinnati Bengals have had a rather hectic offseason when it comes to their wide receiving corps.
For starters, the team lost Alex Erickson and John Ross, hurting their depth. On top of those two, the team watched longtime star A.J. Green head to Arizona.
That was a more crushing blow, but it’s expected the Bengals will add some talent to go with Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins in the draft.
However, they may have to find some big-play talents in the later rounds as tackle Penei Sewell is expected to be the team’s pick at No. 5. If he’s not, the team should be set as Ja’Marr Chase should also be there and could be the other option with the last pick in the top five.
If the team misses on a receiver in the first couple of rounds, they won’t be panicking as they’re already looking at players that could be a diamond in the rough. One of the players that they are taking a look at is Charleston senior Mike Strachan.
According to The Draft Network’s Justin Melo, the Bengals, along with the Cowboys and Titans, met with Mike Strachan in the past few days. However, they’re far from the only teams that have an interest in Strachan.
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Strachan stands a massive 6-foot-5 and possesses a good frame for the ultra-accurate Joe Burrow. He was nominated to the 2019 All-MEC First Team and ended the season with over 1,300 yards and 19 touchdowns.
Strachan kicked off the season with a four-touchdown game and has six multi-touchdown games. The redshirt senior opted out of the spring football season, so those 2019 numbers and highlights will have to suffice.
“Highly productive small-school wideout with elite size but with work to be done. Playing against bigger, stronger, faster defenders could create a challenging transition, as the route running and ball skills will need more development to be pro-ready. His size and ability to win jump balls make him an intriguing late-round possibility,” NFL.com’s draft profile noted.
The Bengals are going to be snagging a receiver at some point in the draft, and with the interest that other teams are showing in Strachan, they’ll likely have to take him in the later rounds in order to ensure he makes his way to the Queen City.
The 6-foot-5 Auden Tate is on the roster, but he becomes a free agent at the end of next season. Strachan could be a cheap replacement for Tate. Keep an eye on Strachan as a late-round pick for Cincinnati.