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Potential Bengals Round 1 target reportedly flagged for medicals


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Something to monitor.

The NFL Draft is almost here, and most experts think the Cincinnati Bengals will use pick No. 18 to address the trenches via offensive tackle or defensive tackle.

However, there’s a potentially major need at wide receiver if the Bengals think Tee Higgins will be elsewhere in 2025 after playing under the franchise tag in 2024.

That’s why a lot of mock drafts have had Cincinnati selecting LSU Tigers wideout Brian Thomas Jr. in Round 1.

However, Thomas has reportedly been medically flagged by several NFL teams, according to The Athletic draft guru Dane Brugler.

The 6-foot-3, 209-pound Thomas earned All-American honors this past season after catching 68 passes for 1,177 yards and an FBS-leading 17 touchdowns in 13 games He’s widely projected as a top-20 draft pick this year. He’s currently ranked 18th on the consensus big board, so he is right in line with where the Bengals are currently slated to make their first-round pick.

Also, it doesn’t appear that Thomas’ medical concerns are nearly as significant as those of John Ross, and the Bengals still took him ninth overall in the 2017 draft.

It also should be pointed out that Bleacher Report’s Jordan Schultz is hearing that Thomas is someone who’s been a late riser and should hear his name called fairly early, so it sounds like there are teams in the top half of the draft that are fine with his medicals.

Let’s hope this isn’t a repeat for whoever lands Thomas. He’s got a bright future ahead of him in the pros if he can stay healthy.

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