After landing Joe Burrow with the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, the Bengals opted to give their new franchise quarterback a strong wide receiver to throw the ball to at the top of the second round. Amazingly, Tee Higgins of the Clemson Tigers was there ripe for the picking at No. 33 overall. This is another fantastic selection made by the Bengals in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Higgins was a two-time All-ACC player for Dabo Swinney, taking home first-team honors last year and second-team honors back in 2018. This was the same year Higgins won a national title at Clemson, as Higgins never missed the College Football Playoff once while he was in college. At 6-foot-3 and 218 pounds, Higgins has the frame to be a physical receiver right away for the Bengals.
By adding him to the receiving corps, Cincinnati now has future Pro Football Hall of Famer A.J. Green as the seasoned veteran and Tyler Boyd as an outstanding No. 3 receiving option in this offense. With running back Joe Mixon in the backfield, the Bengals just might put up a ton of points in Zac Taylor’s second year running the team. But what about the offensive line…
As long as last year’s first-round pick Billy Price is healthy, the front-five for the Bengals should be better than it was a season ago. Keeping Burrow upright, or Andy Dalton, for the time being, is crucial. If the Burrow to Higgins tandem can be everything Dalton to Green was in the 2010s, the Bengals have absolutely crushed their first two picks in this draft. What a playmaker they just got!