The 2015 NFL Draft is here, and there’s plenty of reason to be excited about the goings-on in Chicago if you’re a Cincinnati Bengals fan. Here’s our breakdown of everything Bengals fans need to know heading into the draft.
Cincy To Look To The SEC Once Again?
The Cincinnati Bengals are almost guaranteed to select at least one player from the SEC over the course of the 2015 NFL Draft, if recent history is any indication.
17 Consecutive drafts have featured a selection from the SEC by the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals added LSU RB Jeremy Hill in the second round, Alabama QB AJ McCarron in the fifth round and LSU WR James Wright in the seventh round in the 2014 draft to extend the league's longest current streak. Cincinnati's streak started when they selected Auburn LB Takeo Spikes with the 13th choice in the 1998 NFL Draft. Next behind the Bengals in streaking to draft SEC players are the Colts, who have picked at least one in each of the past 13 NFL drafts. The Colts kept the streak going last year with their third-round pick, Ole Miss WR Donte Moncrief.
This leads us to...
Landon Collins, Shane Ray, or Dorial Green-Beckham?
Over the course of mock draft season over the past couple of months, three SEC stars have stood out as majorly viable options for the Bengals -- Alabama safety Landon Collins, Missouri defensive end Shane Ray, and Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham.
Green-Beckham may be the most interesting and polarizing options after he was kicked off the Tigers squad prior to last season after being implicated in an assault case (no charges were filed).
If he can get his act together from an off-the-field perspective, he's one of the most athletically gifted wideouts in a stacked draft for receivers, making him a perfect on-field complement for AJ Green.
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