Bengals take a surprising path in the new 2025 NFL Draft

The Cincinnati Bengals have some major needs when considering the 2025 NFL Draft.

However, wideout is not usually one of them.

Nevertheless, according to a new mock draft by ESPN’s Matt Miller, the Bengals selected Texas wide receiver Isaiah Bond at No. 25:

Tee Higgins may have signed his franchise tag contract, but that doesn't mean the Bengals have a long-term solution for the talented WR2 yet. The Bengals drafted Jermaine Burton to replace Tyler Boyd, but a receiver could still be at the top of the list of needs in the next draft. Bond, a transfer from Alabama, will fill Xavier Worthy's role in Texas' offense with his outstanding downfield speed. Last season, he averaged 13.9 yards per catch with four touchdowns, although Alabama's offense struggled to find consistency in the passing game. And in Steve Sarkisian's system, Bond has great potential.

In general, it is a pointless exercise to rule out anything in an upcoming draft, especially this far in advance.

But the Bengals have invested heavily in wideouts over the past two years. Both rookie Jermaine Burton and sophomore Andrei Iosivas could replace Tee Higgins at the boundary down the road, while sophomore Charlie Jones could take snaps in the slot.

Still, the team might end up needing a speedy, field-wide wideout, too, so who knows? Right now, the offensive line and pass rush seem to be the bigger concerns, but that's long before the 2024 season even begins.

The story originally appeared on Bengals Wire