Cincinnati Bengals fans didn’t know when they watched the NCAA National Championship game they would be watching two future Bengals in Joe Burrow and the teams first pick in the second round Tee Higgins out of Clemson.
Higgins, a 6-foot-4, 216-pound wide receiver was a multi-sport athlete at Oak Ridge High School in Tennessee where he won the state’s Class AAAAA Mr. Football award as a junior and senior and was a finalist for the states Mr. Basketball honor.
Originally set to stay home and play at Tennesse, Higgins made a change and headed to Clemson where he flashed as a true freshman with 17 catches for 345 yards and two touchdowns. As a sophomore Higgins led the Tigers with 59 receptions for 936 yards and 12 TDs including a standout performance against Alabama helping the Tigers win a National Championship.
This past season Higgins again led the Tigers with 59 catches for 1,167 yards and 13 scores.
Declaring early for the 2020 NFL Draft, Higgins left Clemson tied for the most receiving touchdowns in school history (27) joining Sammy Watkins and DeAndre Hopkins.
Higgins was projected by many to go in the second round of the draft with many comparing him to current Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green.
Higgins brings a long frame with the ability to high point the ball to go with great body control. A major weapon in the red zone and the ability to stretch the field, Higgins creates mismatches against smaller defensive backs and shown to be a reliable target for his quarterbacks.
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While some had hoped the Bengals would go with an offensive lineman, longterm questions about the future of A.J. Green makes this a solid selection when you’ve taken a quarterback as your top pick. Burrow to Higgins should be something Bengals fans hear for many years to come. This selection brings another player with a winning background, something the Bengals need if they want to see things change in the culture under second-year head coach Zac Taylor.