Cincinnati Bengals News, April 13: Mel Kiper Mocks Roman Wilson to Bengals, Local Pro Day Update, and More

Here's the latest Cincinnati Bengals news, including a mock draft update from Mel Kiper, a projected first-round OT, and a local pro day update.

As the NFL Draft nears, it’s all hands on deck for the Cincinnati Bengals, who own the No. 18 overall pick in the first round.

After a last-place finish in the AFC North at 9-8, the Bengals will look forward to getting Joe Burrow healthy and back on the field for 2024. However, questions surrounding their offensive and defensive line and the future of star receiver Tee Higgins need to be solved.

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Burrow will be ready to start the 2024 season, so now the Bengals are locked in on the NFL Draft.

Let’s catch up on all of those headlines and more in today’s Bengals news.

Why Mel Kiper Has the Bengals Drafting Smaller WR

Bengals fans might be scarred by John Ross III and Jordan Shipley, but NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper mocked Michigan receiver Roman Wilson to Cincinnati with their No. 49 selection.

With the second round being a more plausible time to take a look at a smaller receiver, Kiper notes that Cincinnati’s need for a legitimate No. 3 receiver could make Wilson a prime choice.

“Wilson moved up my rankings after he ran a 4.39-second 40 at the Combine; he ran away from defenders on crossers on tape, but I wasn’t totally sure how he’d test,” Kiper wrote. “He had 12 touchdowns last season. He can be a movable playmaker in Zac Taylor’s offense.”

READ MORE: Why Kiper Has the Bengals Stepping Outside Their Comfort Zone to Draft Smaller WR

Which Area Prospects Are Attending Cincinnati Bengals’ Local Pro Day?

Thirty draft-eligible players will be attending Cincinnati’s local pro day at the team’s facility on Tuesday morning.

Every NFL team has the opportunity to host local players, either from nearby universities or athletes who are local to the area. With the University of Cincinnati, Ohio State, Miami University, and several top-notch Ohio high schools in the area, it will be a crowded Pro Day.

Cincinnati defensive tackle Jowon Briggs, a projected late-round pick, will be in attendance with seven other Bearcats who are projected to be undrafted. Four projected undrafted Miami RedHawks will attend.

Key Ohio State defenders and projected mid-to-late-round picks Josh Proctor and Steele Chambers will be in attendance. Some projected preferred free agents will also attend, including running back Miyan Williams and receiver Xavier Johnson.

The full list of participants is linked below.

READ MORE: Which Area Prospects Are Attending Bengals’ Local Pro Day?

Boomer Sooner Bookends? Why Tyler Guyton Could Be a Fit for Bengals

Orlando Brown Jr. gave Cincinnati some much-needed protection for Burrow, and now the Bengals could look to pair him with a rookie who is also a former Oklahoma Sooner.

Offensive tackle Tyler Guyton doesn’t have the experience that Brown had, but the projected first-round pick flew up draft boards because of his intriguing upside.

As a high school basketball star, Guyton didn’t seriously focus on football until his senior year. While the inexperience could be a red flag, Guyton allowed just two sacks on 548 career pass-block snaps.

READ MORE: Why Tyler Guyton Could Be a Fit for Cincinnati Bengals

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