Bengals nab weapon for Joe Burrow, draft Clemson standout WR Tee Higgins to start Round 2

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Joe Burrow and Tee Higgins squared off in this year’s national championship game.

Now, they’ll be connecting on passes for the Cincinnati Bengals.

With the first pick in the second round of the NFL draft on Friday, the Bengals selected Higgins, the standout wide receiver out of Clemson.

Big, talented target

A 6-foot-4, 216-pound pass catcher, Higgins is a big target capable of making highlight-reel catches downfield.

An All-ACC selection for the Tigers, Higgins tallied 59 catches for 1,157 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2019 as Clemson advanced to the national championship game, where it lost to Burrow’s LSU Tigers. He was a second-team All-ACC selection during Clemson’s 2018 national championship season.

Joe Burrow will get one of his national championship foes, WR Tee Higgins, as a weapon on the Bengals. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Joe Burrow will get one of his national championship foes, WR Tee Higgins, as a weapon on the Bengals. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

He’s not a burner, as his 4.53 40-time at the NFL scouting combine puts him in the middle of the pack. Yahoo Sports’ draft expert Eric Edholm had Higgins ranked as the No. 26 prospect in the draft.

Higgins joins a talented group of Bengals receivers led by seven-time Pro Bowler A.J. Green and fourth-year pro Tyler Boyd, who has eclipsed 1,000 yards in each of the last two seasons. Green missed all of last season with an ankle injury, but is expected to return healthy next season.

Burrow will have no shortage of targets to work with during his rookie campaign.

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