Cincinnati Bengals: Joe Burrow headlines 7-round 2020 mock draft

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - DECEMBER 07: Joe Burrow #9 of the LSU Tigers celebrates after throwing a touchdown pass to Terrace Marshall Jr. #6 (not pictured) in the third quarter against the Georgia Bulldogs during the SEC Championship game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 07, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - DECEMBER 07: Joe Burrow #9 of the LSU Tigers celebrates after throwing a touchdown pass to Terrace Marshall Jr. #6 (not pictured) in the third quarter against the Georgia Bulldogs during the SEC Championship game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 07, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /
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There are certainly names that you are familiar with right now in the Bengals wide receiver corps. Tyler Boyd is a stalwart of the offense with healthy and should be around for a while. Then you’ve surely heard names like John Ross and Auden Tate thrown around, especially if you play fantasy football. However, what those players make clear is that the Bengals need upgrades around Burrow for him to succeed.

Enter Tyler Johnson out of Minnesota. A shockingly divisive prospect, Johnson is a sure-handed player that can do a little bit of everything. He has nice size to win in 50-50 situations but also has a little bit of juice to where he can bust open big plays. Considering how well Burrow operated at LSU with dynamic weapons, getting him another to go with Boyd as a 1-2 punch looks like a good bet for Cincy.

Admittedly, an edge rusher isn’t the first need that comes to mind for the Cincinnati Bengals. They are a defense that has some pieces, one of which is Carlos Dunlap. At the same time, however, this defense has been highly ineffective 2019, so maybe adding depth and new bodies to the mix isn’t a bad idea for them. And with the value of Bradlee Anae in the fourth round, the Bengals can’t pass it up.

Anae isn’t a guy that’s going to light up the combine as he’s likely an average athlete. However, his hustle and motor are matched by very few in the 2020 draft class. The Utah product also has a polished set of pass-rush moves to deploy to try and get after opposing quarterbacks. While he still has some development as he jumps to the pros, this could be a steal for the Cincinnati defense.