2015 NFL Draft AFC North Picks: Bengals Select Tyler Kroft


With the 85th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft the Cincinnati Bengals selected tight end Tyler Kroft out of Rutgers. Kroft is a 6’5”, 246 lb. large, athletic tight end.

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For his Pro Day he ran a 4.75 40-yard dash, had a 34inch vertical jump and 10 foot broad jump. His strengths are obviously listed as his size and athleticism. He’s quick and able to get yards after catches. He’s also known for his blocking skills, which are ideal in a tight end.

His weaknesses include his mechanics and inconsistencies. He lets throws get on top of him and catches with his body. The third round territory is the iffy part of the draft class where the players should make the roster but it wouldn’t be unheard of if they didn’t. Seems like the Bengals have played it safe so far this draft.

This could be a good pick for the Bengals, who already have a good pass-catching tight end in Tyler Eifert. Perhaps they are just big fans of tight ends named Tyler. You never know what goes on inside those crazy draft war rooms. Eifert is even bigger than Kroft so definitely someone Kroft can learn from.

This is all naturally predicated on the idea that Andy Dalton can actually connect with these passes and no, you know, play like he usually plays. Andy Dalton signed a big fat contract extension last summer to which he repaid the franchise with another first round playoff exit.

The Bengals have kind of a do-or-die season coming up, whether they like it or not or whether they just extended Marvin Lewis’ contract or not. Going to the playoffs and losing every year isn’t going so smoothly, unless of course just getting into the playoffs is all the Bengals aspire to do. In that case, well done, keep up the good work guys.

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