Michael Pittman Jr. is a great pick for the Bengals because they need more weapons for Joe Burrow. He has the size that a typical Bengals wide receiver has. As we get closer to the draft Pittman Jr. has been getting more hype. His sure hands is his signature trait, and he should be the first receiver gone in the second round.
Michael Pittman Jr. Had a Fabulous Season
Michael Pittman Jr. is a 6’4 235-pound, big body wide receiver from USC. PFF’s big board has him 35th where as he is the ninth ranked wide receiver in the draft.
The rankings he has been getting lately is due to a massive increase in volume in his production last season. In 2018, he caught 41 passes for 754 yards and six touchdowns. Last season, Pittman caught 101 passes for 1,269 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Michael Pittman Jr. has one of the best sets of hands in the whole entire draft. He only missed 5 passes on 176 catchable balls in his whole college career. He is very physical at the peak of the catch point reminding onlookers of A.J. Green and Auden Tate. His straight line speed is superior for a player his size and he can stop on a dime to execute a lot of the route trees perfectly.
The biggest worry is that Michael Pittman Jr. will be 23 by draft time. He didnt have his breakout season till he was older. His shelf life is not as long as your typical wide receiver. He had that physical dominance as a older player in college, but he will not have that luxury starting out at the next level.
Michael Pittman Jr. went to the Senior Bowl, but he didn’t get the chance to dominate. There were not many dominant corners playing in the Senior Bowl. It is not a huge negative, but it would have been good to see him against the best in his class.
Who is Michael Pittman Jr. Compared to
Pittman is often compared to Alshon Jeffery. He has the big body and very good hands. He won’t beat you deep, but he can be sneaky in the underneath zones. Most of his routes will set him between the linebacker and safety in the middle.
Michael Pittman Jr. will not wow you with his speed, but if you want a physical wide receiver with great hands and catch radius, he is the man. Joe Burrow will have A.J. Green and Tyler Boyd but he needs his own go to reliable receiver he can count on that’s healthy. He will beat every jump ball like the Bengals have seen in the past with A.J. Green.
The best scenario is for the Bengals to pick Pittman up in the second round. In order to do this they must trade down to the 40s. In doing this they will pick up an extra 3rd round pick. With that extra 3rd pock they can get their offensive lineman and linebacker because the picks will still be solid.
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