2014 NFL Draft: Cincinnati Bengals Could Target Odell Beckham Jr. at No. 24

By Jameel Shareef
Odell Beckham Jr. Draft Prospect
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The NFL Draft is one of the most unpredictable events in sports. Each team has a certain amount of prospects on their boards for the draft weekend every year. Trades can happen at any point, and traded players could have a new job in the matter of two hours. With that being said, the Cincinnati Bengals could pull the unexpected in the first round on May 8, 2014. In 2013, the Bengals shocked the football world by drafting the best tight end in the draft; Tyler Eifert at No. 21 overall. The pick ended up working out for the Bengals because each game they started two tight ends with Eifert and Jermaine Gresham.

Adding play-makers to an already talented roster has been a trend in the NFL. Why should the Bengals draft Odell Beckham Jr.? Not only does Beckham have the quickness, speed, agility and upside, but he has raw talent that the Bengals could use in the absence of slot receiver Andrew Hawkins. Pairing Beckham with A.J. Green, Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu could create the best receiving core in the NFL. Andy Dalton‘s targets will now feature another dynamic pass catcher who can also make those spectacular grabs on Sunday’s.

New offensive coordinator Hue Jackson can create an abundance amount of plays for Beckham to fully utilize his skill set. If I were Dalton on May 8, this would be one of the receivers I would want to help dismantle opposing defenses throughout this upcoming season. This pick up could definitely help Dalton get over the hump if his play stays consistent, and the turnovers are decreased.

Jameel Shareef covers the Cincinnati Bengals for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @BornInCUSE, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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