The Cincinnati Bengals had the easiest pick in the 2020 NFL draft at No. 1 overall, and they didn’t screw it up. They selected LSU quarterback Joe Burrow with the hopes he’ll become the kind of player who can erase decades of disappointment for Bengals fans.
Naturally, they received an A for that pick.
Their task wasn’t as simple in Round 2. There was no shortage of talent they could’ve chosen from, but they settled on Clemson wide receiver, Tee Higgins.
Higgins, combined with the team’s third-round pick, Wyoming linebacker Logan Wilson, ended a first and second-day haul that was as good as the Bengals’ front office could’ve hoped for.
It scored high marks from NFL.com, too:
“I was glad to see that a disappointing pro-day workout didn’t cause Higgins to fall too far,” wrote Chad Reuter. “His strong hands and body control give him a real shot to be a strong downfield playmaker for Joe Burrow. Wilson is an athletic, tough player who can make plays in coverage and against the run. Two solid picks for a team looking to become a contender in the AFC.”
The Burrow-to-Higgins connection is what will get Bengals fans juiced up the most. With A.J. green set to make a healthy return in 2020, Cincinnati suddenly has a very interesting offensive core with Burrow, Joe Mixon, Green, Tyler Boyd and Higgins.