Cincinnati Bengals positive Wednesday the future is now

Cincinnati Bengals positive Wednesday: the future is now

  • Akeem Davis-Gaither
  • Cincinnati Bengals
  • Joe Burrow
  • Logan Wilson
  • Tee Higgins
By Sam Connaughton October 14, 2020 0 Comment

The 2020 NFL Draft was one of the most exciting drafts for Cincinnati Bengals fans. That is what comes when you have the #1 overall pick. The NFL has fallen in love with Joe Burrow, and rightfully so. But other rookies from the Bengals 2020 draft class have shown promise through five weeks. Perhaps fans, and the NFL, should start learning some other names too.

The future of the Cincinnati Bengals starts with 9 and 85

The rookie class began with Joe Burrow.

Despite struggling last week against Baltimore, Burrow has given Bengals fans everything they have asked for and more. Burrow became the first rookie quarterback to throw for over 300 yards in three consecutive games this season.

He has a grade of 73.1 PFF grade this season and will look to improve that against the Colts this Sunday. Sunday will be a test for Burrow. However, if he plays as he did in the first four weeks, he will be right in the race for NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.

At pick 33, the Bengals selected wide receiver Tee Higgins out of Clemson. Higgins has been impressive early on for the Bengals. Higgins was brought in to grow with Burrow and it looks like their relationship could become elite.

The young wide receiver has a PFF grade of 68.8 and leads the team in receiving touchdowns with two. Higgins has stood out and looks poised to continue that upward trend that he has been on.

Two scoops of linebacker, please

The Bengals double dipped in rounds three and four of the 2020 draft and drafted two linebackers. Logan Wilson out of Wyoming was the team’s third-round pick. Wilson looks to have all the makings of a defensive anchor at the linebacker position for the Bengals. Wilson is tied for the lead in interceptions with two and could have more.

As for the Bengals fourth-round pick, Akeem Davis-Gaither got his first NFL start versus the Baltimore Ravens in Week 5. Though undersized, the Appalachian State prospect has shown that he is capable of wreaking havoc when rushing the passer. He should grow into an all-around linebacker as he gets more acquainted with the NFL game. If he does, he can develop into a force at linebacker.

Potential diamonds in the rough?

As for the Bengals late round picks, they hope to have found some diamonds in the rough. Fifth-round pick Khalid Kareem will look to get more reps at EDGE rusher due to Sam Hubbard’s elbow injury.

Sixth-round pick Hakeem Adeniji is a project offensive lineman. However, he has drawn rave reviews from both Bengals coaches and people in the media.

Lastly, linebacker Markus Bailey fell to the seventh round due to past injury history but has the talent to make an impact if he is to stay healthy. If the Cincinnati Bengals can get one of these guys to hit big, it would be huge for the team moving forward.

The Bengals are now officially in the Joe Burrow era. Fans should be excited about Burrow, they also should be excited for the future of the entire 2020 draft class. These guys are showing signs of being staples for this team for years to come. Rome wasn’t built in a day. However, this draft class has all the makings of turning this team quickly.

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