close
close

Jermaine Burton – A downfield wideout could play a role in Cincinnati

Training activities take place during the off-season, and although these are voluntary, most players attend unless they have a reason not to. For the Cincinnati Bengals, last year’s absence makes third-round pick Jermaine Burton look interesting.

The team’s top 3 wideouts from recent years are no longer there. Tyler Boyd is in Tennessee. Tee Higgins has not signed his franchise contract. Ja’Marr Chase may also be hoping for a new contract.

Chase and Higgins will probably be there eventually, but more reps for Burton seem like a good thing. He’ll be competing for at least the No. 3 role, with Trent Irwin or another youngster (Charlie Jones, Andrei Iosivas) in the competition. Because he was selected before these players, he will have every opportunity to come forward.

Burton didn’t put up big numbers in college; not in two years at Georgia, or the last two at Alabama. He only caught 39-40 passes in each of his Alabama years. But he did enough with those 39 receptions last season, turning them into 798 yards and 8 touchdowns. That’s 20.5 yards per catch.

Over the past two decades, there have been 33 other wide receivers who averaged at least 19.5 yards per catch in their senior year of college and were subsequently drafted in the first three rounds. (I lowered it to 19.5 to get into another Alabama product, Jameson Williams.) Those players’ hit percentage looks pretty good.

Twelve of the 33 have had at least one top-12 season (PPR score). Four others are at least in the top 20. It seems a bit like a metric that the Bengals value on draft day, as two of the previous picks are Chase and Higgins.

COLLEGE WRS AVERAGE 19.5 YARDS PER CATCH (RD 1-3), BEST NFL, 2004-
Provisional version street Player Secondary school Avg Best No Request T.D Rk
2005 1 Roddy White, atl. 71-1452-14 20.5 2010 115 1389 10 1
2010 1 Demarius Thomas, Den. 46-1154-8 25.1 2013 92 1430 14 1
2020 1 CeeDee Lam, Dall. 62-1327-15 21.4 2023 135 1749 14 1
2014 1 Mike Evans, T.B 69-1394-12 20.2 2016 96 1321 12 3
2014 1 Odell Beckham Jr., NYG 59-1152-9 19.5 2016 101 1367 10 4
2021 1 JaMarr Chase, Cin. 84-1780-20 21.2 2021 81 1455 13 5
2019 2 DK Metcalf, Zee. 26-569-5 21.9 2020 83 1303 10 7
2004 1 Lee Evans, Buff. 75-1545-9 20.6 2006 82 1292 8 8
2021 1 Jaylen Waddle, Mia. 28-591-4 21.1 2022 75 1356 8 8
2009 3 Mike Wallace, Pitt. 39-784-7 20.1 2011 72 1193 8 9
2015 1 DeVante Parker, Mia. 43-855-5 19.9 2019 72 1202 9 11
2021 3 Nico Collins, Hou. 37-729-7 19.7 2023 80 1297 8 12
2019 3 Terry McLaurin, Wash. 35-701-11 20.0 2022 77 1191 5 16
2018 2 DJ Chark, Jac. 40-874-4 21.9 2019 73 1008 8 18
2020 2 Tee Higgins, Cin. 59-1167-14 19.8 2022 74 1029 7 19
2014 3 John Brown, Ariz. 61-1198-17 19.6 2019 72 1060 6 20
2022 2 George Pickens, Pitt. 5-107-0 21.4 2023 63 1140 5 30
2016 1 Will Fuller, Hou. 62-1258-14 20.3 2020 53 879 8 32
2015 1 Breshad Perriman, Balt. 50-1044-9 20.9 2019 36 645 6 51
2018 2 James Washington, Pitt. 74-1549-14 20.9 2019 44 735 3 52
2009 3 Brandon Tate, NE 16-376-3 23.5 2010 24 432 5 71
2015 1 Phillip Dorsett, Ind. 36-871-10 24.2 2019 29 397 5 71
2018 3 Tre’Quan Smith, no 59-1171-14 19.8 2020 34 448 4 72
2005 2 Mark Bradley, Chi. 23-491-7 21.3 2008 30 380 3 74
2011 3 Vincent Brown, S.D 69-1352-10 19.6 2013 41 472 1 78
2022 1 Jameson Williams, b. 79-1572-17 19.9 2023 24 354 3 82
2023 2 Marvin Mims, Den. 54-1083-6 20.1 2023 22 377 2 86
2015 3 Sammie Coates, Pitt. 34-741-4 21.8 2016 21 435 2 93
2012 2 Stephen Hill, NYJ 28-820-5 29.3 2012 21 252 3 97
2021 3 Dyami Brown, wash. 55-1099-8 20.0 2022 5 143 2 133
2015 2 Devin Smith, NYJ 33-931-12 28.2 2015 9 115 1 142
2021 2 Dee Eskridge, Zee. 33-768-9 23.3 2021 10 64 1 146
2016 3 Leonte Carroo, Mia. 39-809-10 20.7 2018 2 94 1 158

The table is sorted by best result in PPR competitions; at the bottom of the table are many guys who were quickly washed away. It is not obvious that Burton will be one of the hits. But I like the hit percentage of previous wideouts who did well in that regard in college, and I like the opportunity he will or could get, to at least be the No. 3 pick and maybe higher depending on how things work out with Higgins. in Cincinnati.

–Andy Richardson

Back To Top